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Meaning of break-bulk

break-bulk

Pronunciation: (brāk'bulk"), [key]
— adj. Transp.
  1. of or pertaining to packaged cargo, usually manufactured goods, that is marked for individual consignees and has to be loaded and unloaded piece by piece at each point of transfer. Cf. bulk (def. 3),
  2. of or pertaining to the small, conventional cargo ships designed to hold such cargo. Cf. containership.
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