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 for bushel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bushel \Bush"el\ (b[.u]sh"[e^]l), n. [OE. buschel, boischel, OF.
     boissel, bussel, boistel, F. boisseau, LL. bustellus; dim. of
     bustia, buxida (OF. boiste), fr. pyxida, acc. of L. pyxis
     box, Gr. pyxi`s. Cf. Box.]
     1. A dry measure, containing four pecks, eight gallons, or
        thirty-two quarts.
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     Note: The Winchester bushel, formerly used in England,
           contained 2150.42 cubic inches, being the volume of a
           cylinder 181/2 inches in internal diameter and eight
           inches in depth. The standard bushel measures, prepared
           by the United States Government and distributed to the
           States, hold each 77.6274 pounds of distilled water, at
           39.8[deg] Fahr. and 30 inches atmospheric pressure,
           being the equivalent of the Winchester bushel. The
           imperial bushel now in use in England is larger than
           the Winchester bushel, containing 2218.2 cubic inches,
           or 80 pounds of water at 62[deg] Fahr.
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     2. A vessel of the capacity of a bushel, used in measuring; a
        bushel measure.
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              Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or
              under a bed, and not to be set on a candlestick?
                                                    --Mark iv. 21.
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     3. A quantity that fills a bushel measure; as, a heap
        containing ten bushels of apples.
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     Note: In the United States a large number of articles, bought
           and sold by the bushel, are measured by weighing, the
           number of pounds that make a bushel being determined by
           State law or by local custom. For some articles, as
           apples, potatoes, etc., heaped measure is required in
           measuring a bushel.
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     4. A large indefinite quantity. [Colloq.]
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              The worthies of antiquity bought the rarest pictures
              with bushels of gold, without counting the weight or
              the number of the pieces.             --Dryden.
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     5. The iron lining in the nave of a wheel. [Eng.] In the
        United States it is called a box. See 4th Bush.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bushel \Bush"el\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Busheled, p. pr. &
     vb. n. Busheling.] [Cf. G. bosseln.] (Tailoring)
     To mend or repair, as men's garments; to repair garments. [U.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42
           cubic inches
      2: a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to
         4 pecks
      v 1: restore by replacing a part or putting together what is
           torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes
           please" [syn: repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor,
           furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break, bust]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BUSHEL, measure. The Winchester bushel, established by the 13 W. III. c. 5, 
  A. D. 1701, was made the standard of grain; a cylindrical vessel, eighteen 
  and a half inches in diameter, and eight inches deep inside, contains a 
  bushel; the capacity is 2145.42 cubic inches. By law or usage it is 
  established in most of the United States. The exceptions, as far as known, 
  are Connecticut, where the bushel holds 2198 cubic inches Kentucky, 2150 
  2/3; Indiana, Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri, where it contains 2150.4 cubic 
  inches. Dane's Ab. c. 211, a. 12, s. 4. See the whole subject discussed in 
  report of the Secretary of State of the United States to the Senate, Feb. 
  22, 1821. 

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