American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a breed of short-haired dog characterized by a large head, strong square jaws with dewlaps, and a stocky body. It was originally bred for bullbaiting.
- n. A short-barreled, large-caliber revolver or pistol.
- n. A heat-resistant material used to line puddling furnaces.
- n. Chiefly British A proctor's assistant at Oxford University or Cambridge University.
- adj. Stubborn.
- v. Western U.S. To throw (a calf or steer) by seizing its horns and twisting its neck until the animal falls.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of dog of comparatively small size, but very strong and muscular, with a large head, broad muzzle, short hair, tapering smooth tail, and remarkable courage and ferocity. Dogs of this kind were formerly much used in bullbaiting, whence the name.
- n. A bailiff.
- n. The assistant or servant who attends the proctor of an English university when on duty.
- n. A pistol; in recent use, a small revolver with a short barrel carrying a large ball.
- n. Nautical: The great gun in the officers' wardroom cabin.
- n. A general term for main-deck guns.
- n. In metallurgy, tap-cinder from the puddling-furnace, after the protoxid of iron has been converted into sesquioxid by roasting. It may be used as an ore of iron for making what is known as cinder-iron. It is also extensively used as a lining for the sides of the puddling-furnace.
- n. A name given by the Canadian half-breeds to the gadfly.
- n. Same as bulldog ant.
- n. A breed of dog developed in England by the crossing of the bullbaiting dog and the Pug to produce a ladies companion dog. Having a very smooth coat, a flattened face, wrinkly cheeks, powerful front legs and smaller hind legs.
- n. A shortened form of British bulldog.
- n. A stubborn person.
- v. transitive To chase (a steer) on horseback and wrestle it to the ground by twisting its horns (as a rodeo performance).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A variety of dog, of remarkable ferocity, courage, and tenacity of grip; -- so named, probably, from being formerly employed in baiting bulls.
- n. (Metal.) A refractory material used as a furnace lining, obtained by calcining the cinder or slag from the puddling furnace of a rolling mill.
- adj. Characteristic of, or like, a bulldog; stubborn.
- v. attack viciously and ferociously
- n. a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting
- v. throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
- From bullbaiting and dog. (Wiktionary)
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