bundle

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a number of optic fibres gathered together

Agriculture

  • noun a number of twigs or stems of plants, tied together

Computing

  • noun a package containing a computer together with software or accessories offered at a special price
  • verb to market at a special price a package that contains a computer together with a range of software or accessories

Construction

  • Refers to a package of shingles. Typically, 3 bundles make up a square, and there are 27 shingles per bundle.

Marketing

  • verb to market a package that contains various products or services at a special price

Medical

  • noun a group of nerves running in the same direction

Slang

  • noun a large quantity of money or of something else desirable, such as narcotics
  • noun a fight, brawl or rough-and-tumble. Used especially by schoolchildren from the 1950s onwards, typically as a cry or chant to attract onlookers to a playground or street fight, it is the British equivalent of the American rumble. Bundle is also used as a verb.
  • noun the male genitals, normally as seen through tight clothing. A term used by homosexuals and heterosexuals since the mid-1960s.
  • noun an attractive woman. A condescending term which is probably a shortening of ‘bundle of joy’.

Origin & History of “bundle”

Etymologically, bundle is ‘that which binds or is bound’. like band, bend, bind, and bond, it can be traced back ultimately to an Indo-European base *bhendh- ‘tie’. The Germanic base *bund-, derived from this, produced Old English byndelle ‘binding’. there is no direct evidence to link this with the much later bundle, although the similarities are striking. Alternatively, the source may be the related middle Dutch bundel ‘collection of things tied together’.
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