American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually metal projectile in the shape of a pointed cylinder or a ball that is expelled from a firearm, especially a rifle or handgun.
- n. Such a projectile in a metal casing; a cartridge.
- n. An object resembling a projectile in shape, action, or effect.
- n. Printing A heavy dot ( · ) used to highlight a particular passage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small ball.
- n. Specifically—2. A small metallic projectile intended to be discharged from a firearm: commonly limited to leaden projectiles for small arms. Bullets were formerly always spherical in form, but many changes have been made in them in both shape and structure. The bullet used for rifles of recent construction is elongated and conical, or rather ogival, at the apex, somewhat like half an egg drawn out, with a hollow at the base, into which a plug of wood or clay is inserted, and with small cuts (cannelures) in the metal outside, which are filled with beeswax to lubricate the barrel while the bullet is passing through it. When the gun is fired the plug is driven forward to the head of the cavity, forcing the base of the bullet outward till the lead completely fills the grooves in the rifled barrel. The plug is often omitted, the base of the bullet being forced into the grooves by the expansive force of the powder.
- n. In heraldry, a roundel sable (that is, a black circle), supposed to represent a cannon-ball.
- n. In poker, an ace: as, a pair of bullets.
- n. A projectile, usually of metal, shot from a gun at high speed.
- n. Ammunition for a sling or slingshot which has been manufactured for such use.
- n. typography A printed symbol in the form of solid circle, (•), often used for marking items in a list. (see also bulleted)
- n. informal An entire round of unfired ammunition for a firearm, including the projectile, the cartridge casing, the propellant charge, etc.
- n. banking, finance A large scheduled repayment of the principal of a loan; a balloon payment.
- n. A rejection letter, as for employment, admission to a school or a competition.
- n. slang One year of prison time
- n. slang An ace (the playing card).
- n. figuratively Anything that is projected extremely fast.
- n. Very fast (speedy).
- n. obsolete A small ball.
- n. obsolete A cannonball.
- n. obsolete The fetlock of a horse.
- v. transitive, informal To draw attention to (text) by, or as if by, placing a graphic bullet in front of it.
- v. intransitive, informal To speed, like a bullet.
- v. transitive, informal To make a shot, especially with great speed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small ball.
- n. A missile, usually of lead, and round or elongated in form, to be discharged from a rifle, musket, pistol, or other small firearm.
- n. obsolete A cannon ball.
- n. The fetlock of a horse.
- n. a projectile that is fired from a gun
- n. (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
- n. a high-speed passenger train
- From Middle French boulette. (Wiktionary)
- French boulette, diminutive of boule, ball, from Old French, from Latin bulla. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think we forgot what Page taught us; the neglected 175 grain bullet is what a 7mm Magnum is all about.”
“But anything smaller than .277 bore with less than a 150 grain bullet is not an elk rifle.”
“Is a 117 grain bullet from a 25-06 enough to ethically kill an elk?”
“A 150 grain bullet from a 270 will kill a moose, try to take him through the lungs.”
“But the BC of that 200 grain bullet is a touch over .900.”
“If you don't think a .35 Rem with a 200 grain bullet is a good moose gun, tell that to all the New England moose hunters that use one.”
“I know that those of us who shoot 30-06s and such think a 100 grain bullet is way too light for deer but this is not the case with the 25-06.”
“Witch Time is what they call bullet time in Bayonetta.”
“Six month ago, Pukanic said that someone had tried to kill him in front of his house in downtown Zagreb, showing police what he described as a bullet hole in a nearby shop window.”
“By funding mortgages with a mix of short-term bullet bonds and longer-term callable bonds, GAAP front-loads income.”
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