browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
bull

more about bull

bull


  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bull  \Bull\,  v.  i. 
  To  be  in  heat;  to  manifest  sexual  desire  as  cows  do 
  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bull  \Bull\,  v.  t.  (Stock  Exchange) 
  To  endeavor  to  raise  the  market  price  of  as  to  bull 
  railroad  bonds;  to  bull  stocks;  to  bull  Lake  Shore;  to 
  endeavor  to  raise  prices  in  as  to  bull  the  market.  See  1st 
  {Bull},  n.,  4. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bull  \Bull\,  n.  [OE.  bulle,  fr  L.  bulla  bubble,  stud,  knob, 
  LL.,  a  seal  or  stamp:  cf  F.  bulle.  Cf  {Bull}  a  writing, 
  {Bowl}  a  ball,  {Boil},  v.  i.] 
  1.  A  seal.  See  {Bulla}. 
 
  2.  A  letter,  edict,  or  respect,  of  the  pope,  written  in 
  Gothic  characters  on  rough  parchment,  sealed  with  a  bulla, 
  and  dated  ``a  die  Incarnationis,''  i.  e.,  ``from  the  day 
  of  the  Incarnation.''  See  Apostolical  brief,  under 
  {Brief}. 
 
  A  fresh  bull  of  Leo's  had  declared  how  inflexible 
  the  court  of  Rome  was  in  the  point  of  abuses. 
  --Atterbury. 
 
  3.  A  grotesque  blunder  in  language;  an  apparent  congruity, 
  but  real  incongruity,  of  ideas,  contained  in  a  form  of 
  expression;  so  called  perhaps,  from  the  apparent 
  incongruity  between  the  dictatorial  nature  of  the  pope's 
  bulls  and  his  professions  of  humility. 
 
  And  whereas  the  papist  boasts  himself  to  be  a  Roman 
  Catholic,  it  is  a  mere  contradiction,  one  of  the 
  pope's  bulls,  as  if  he  should  say  universal 
  particular;  a  Catholic  schimatic.  --Milton. 
 
  {The  Golden  Bull},  an  edict  or  imperial  constitution  made  by 
  the  emperor  Charles  IV  (1356),  containing  what  became  the 
  fundamental  law  of  the  German  empire;  --  so  called  from 
  its  golden  seal. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Blunder}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bull  \Bull\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  bull;  resembling  a  bull;  male;  large 
  fierce. 
 
  {Bull  bat}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  night  hawk;  --  so  called  from  the 
  loud  noise  it  makes  while  feeding  on  the  wing,  in  the 
  evening. 
 
  {Bull  calf}. 
  a  A  stupid  fellow. 
 
  {Bull  mackerel}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  chub  mackerel. 
 
  {Bull  pump}  (Mining),  a  direct  single-acting  pumping  engine, 
  in  which  the  steam  cylinder  is  placed  above  the  pump. 
 
  {Bull  snake}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  pine  snake  of  the  United  States. 
 
 
  {Bull  stag},  a  castrated  bull.  See  {Stag}. 
 
  {Bull  wheel},  a  wheel,  or  drum,  on  which  a  rope  is  wound  for 
  lifting  heavy  articles,  as  logs,  the  tools  in  well  boring, 
  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bull  \Bull\,  n.  [OE.  bule,  bul,  bole;  akin  to  D.  bul,  G.  bulle, 
  Icel.  boli,  Lith.  bullus,  Lett.  bollis,  Russ.  vol';  prob.  fr 
  the  root  of  AS  bellan  E.  bellow.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  male  of  any  species  of  cattle 
  ({Bovid[ae]});  hence  the  male  of  any  large  quadruped,  as 
  the  elephant;  also  the  male  of  the  whale. 
 
  Note:  The  wild  bull  of  the  Old  Testament  is  thought  to  be  the 
  oryx,  a  large  species  of  antelope. 
 
  2.  One  who  or  that  which  resembles  a  bull  in  character  or 
  action  --Ps.  xxii.  12. 
 
  3.  (Astron.) 
  a  Taurus,  the  second  of  the  twelve  signs  of  the  zodiac. 
  b  A  constellation  of  the  zodiac  between  Aries  and 
  Gemini.  It  contains  the  Pleiades. 
 
  At  last  from  Aries  rolls  the  bounteous  sun,  And 
  the  bright  Bull  receives  him  --Thomson. 
 
  4.  (Stock  Exchange)  One  who  operates  in  expectation  of  a  rise 
  in  the  price  of  stocks,  or  in  order  to  effect  such  a  rise. 
  See  4th  {Bear},  n.,  5. 
 
  {Bull  baiting},  the  practice  of  baiting  bulls,  or  rendering 
  them  furious,  as  by  setting  dogs  to  attack  them 
 
  {John  Bull},  a  humorous  name  for  the  English,  collectively; 
  also  an  Englishman.  ``Good-looking  young  John  Bull.'' 
  --W.  D.Howells. 
 
  {To  take  the  bull  by  the  horns},  to  grapple  with  a  difficulty 
  instead  of  avoiding  it 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bull 
  adj  :  characterized  by  rising  prices;  "a  bull  market"  [syn:  {bull(a)}] 
  n  1:  uncastrated  adult  male  of  domestic  cattle 
  2:  a  very  large  and  strong  man;  "he  was  a  bull  of  a  man"  [syn: 
  {strapper}] 
  3:  a  ludicrously  false  statement  [syn:  {bullshit},  {Irish  bull}, 
  {horseshit},  {shit},  {crap},  {bunk},  {bunkum},  {buncombe}, 
  {guff},  {rot},  {hogwash},  {dogshit}] 
  4:  a  serious  and  ludicrous  blunder;  "he  made  a  bad  bull  of  the 
  assignment" 
  5:  (informal)  uncomplimentary  terms  for  a  policeman  [syn:  {cop}, 
  {copper},  {fuzz},  {pig}] 
  6:  an  investor  with  an  optimistic  market  outlook  [ant:  {bear}] 
  7:  the  center  of  a  target  [syn:  {bull's  eye}] 
  8:  mature  male  of  various  mammals  of  which  the  female  is  called 
  `cow';  e.g.  whales  or  elephants  or  especially  cattle 
  v  1:  push  or  force;  "He  bulled  through  his  demands"  [syn:  {bull 
  through}] 
  2:  try  to  raise  the  price  of  stocks  through  speculative  buying 
  3:  talk  through  one's  hat  [syn:  {waffle},  {bullshit},  {fake}] 
  4:  advance  in  price,  as  of  stocks 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Bull 
 
  {Bull  Information  Systems} 
 
 




more about bull