• (RP, Aus) IPA: /pʌlp/
  • (America) IPA: /pəlp/

pulp (uncountable)

  1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass or matter.
    1. A mixture of wood, cellulose and/or rags and water ground up to make paper.
    2. A mass of chemically processed wood fibres (cellulose).
    3. A suspension of mineral particles, typically achieved by some form of agitation.
    4. The soft center of a fruit.
    5. The soft center of a tooth.
    6. The very soft tissue in the spleen.
  2. A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter and characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper.
    • 1983, Gary Hoppenstand, ‎Ray Broadus Browne, The Defective Detective in the Pulps (page 2)
      The hard-hitting, action packed, thud and blunder adventure fantasy was a commodity during that somber decade: Americans paid money to forget their troubles, and the pulps were willing to sell.
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  • French: pulpe
  • Italian: polpa
  • Portuguese: polpa
  • Russian: пу́льпа
  • Spanish: pulpa dentaria, pulpa dental
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  • French: (presse) à sensation

pulp (pulps, present participle pulping; past and past participle pulped)

  1. (ambitransitive) To make or be made into pulp.
  2. (transitive, slang) To beat to a pulp.
  3. (transitive) To deprive of pulp; to separate the pulp from.


  1. (fiction) Of or pertaining to pulp magazines; in the style of a pulp magazine or the material printed within such a publication.
    • The Nightwing annual had what felt like a very 'pulp-ish' plot, and the Superman annual was great, with a very pulp plot and a incredible Doc Savage tribute cover.
      Rather than Asimov I might suggest Stanley Weinbaum (since he died young and early in his career, he is far more "pulp" than Asimov - and remarkably readable - there is a LANCER collection of some of his short stories).

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