Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. Western U.S. To throw (a calf or steer) by seizing its horns and twisting its neck until the animal falls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To chase (a steer) on horseback and wrestle it to the ground by twisting its horns (as a rodeo performance).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of dog, of remarkable ferocity, courage, and tenacity of grip; -- so named, probably, from being formerly employed in baiting bulls.
  • n. 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.

from The 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.
  • n. A name given by the Canadian half-breeds to the gadfly.
  • n. Same as bulldog ant.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

From bullbaiting and dog. (Wiktionary)

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