from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The small central circle on a target.
  • noun A shot that hits this circle.
  • noun A direct hit.
  • noun The precise accomplishment of a goal or purpose.
  • noun A thick, circular piece of glass set, as in a roof or ship's deck, to admit light.
  • noun A circular opening or window.
  • noun A plano-convex lens used to concentrate light.
  • noun A lantern or lamp having such a lens.
  • noun A piece of round hard candy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical: An oval wooden block without a sheave, but with a groove around it for the band and a hole in the center through which a small stay or rope may be rove.
  • noun A perforated ball on the jaw-rope of a gaff.
  • noun A small obscure cloud, ruddy in the middle, supposed to portend a hurricane or storm.
  • noun The hurricane or storm itself.
  • noun In architecture, any circular opening for light or air; a bullock's-eye.
  • noun In astronomy, Aldebaran, a star of the first magnitude in the eye of Taurus, or the Bull. See cut under Taurus.
  • noun A round piece of thick glass, convex on one side, inserted into a deck, port, scuttle-hatch, or skylight-cover of a vessel for the purpose of admitting light.
  • noun A small lantern with a convex lens placed in one side to concentrate the light.
  • noun That part of a sheet of crown-glass which has been attached to the pontil.
  • noun A planocon-vex lens in a microscope, which serves as an illuminator to concentrate rays of light upon an opaque micro-scopic object.
  • noun A small and thick old-fashioned watch.
  • noun In archery and gunnery The central or innermost division of a target, usually round and of a different color from the rest. See target.
  • noun A shot that hits the bull's-eye; the best shot that can be made.
  • noun A coarse sweet-meat; a colored or striped ball of candy.
  • noun A local English name of the dunlin, Tringa alpina.
  • noun In meteorology: A small cloud of ruddy aspect which off the coast of South Africa rapidly develops into a local storm.
  • noun The center of a system of circular isobars, such as characterizes an extensive storm. The isobars suggest the appearance of a target with its bull's-eye.
  • noun Hence— The severest part of a storm or the center of a hurricane.
  • noun A fish of New South Wales, Priacanthus macracanthus.
  • noun The labradorite variety of feldspar, with a dusky sheen. Also œil-de-bœuf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) A small circular or oval wooden block without sheaves, having a groove around it and a hole through it, used for connecting rigging.
  • noun A small round cloud, with a ruddy center, supposed by sailors to portend a storm.
  • noun A small thick disk of glass inserted in a deck, roof, floor, ship's side, etc., to let in light.
  • noun A circular or oval opening for air or light.
  • noun A lantern, with a thick glass lens on one side for concentrating the light on any object; also, the lens itself.
  • noun (Astron.) Aldebaran, a bright star in the eye of Taurus or the Bull.
  • noun (Archery & Gun.) The center of a target.
  • noun A thick knob or protuberance left on glass by the end of the pipe through which it was blown.
  • noun colloq. A small and thick old-fashioned watch.
  • noun something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of bull's eye.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that can be closed to conceal the light
  • noun in target shooting: a score made by hitting the center of the target
  • noun the center of a target
  • noun something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal


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