Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Bull-necked adjective Having a short and thick neck like that of a bull. Sir W. Scott.
Bull-roarer noun A contrivance consisting of a slat of wood tied to the end of a thong or string, with which the slat is whirled so as to cause an intermittent roaring noise. It is used as a toy, and among some races in certain religious rites.
1. (Nautical) A small circular or oval wooden block without sheaves, having a groove around it and a hole through it, used for connecting rigging. 2. A small round cloud, with a ruddy center, supposed by sailors to portend a storm. 3. A small thick disk of glass inserted in a deck, roof, floor, ship's side, etc., to let in light. 4. A circular or oval opening for air or light. 5. A lantern, with a thick glass lens on one side for concentrating the light on any object; also, the lens itself. Dickens. 6. (Astron.) Aldebaran, a bright star in the eye of Taurus or the Bull. 7. (Archery & Gun.) The center of a target. 8. A thick knob or protuberance left on glass by the end of the pipe through which it was blown. 9. A small and thick old-fashioned watch. [ Colloq.]
Bull's-nose noun (Architecture) An external angle when obtuse or rounded.
[ Middle English bolas
, Old French beloce
; of Celtic origin; confer Arm. bolos
, Gael. bulaistear
.] (Botany) (a) A small European plum ( Prunus communis , var. insitita ). See Plum . (b) The bully tree.
[ See Bull
an edict.] Pertaining to, or used in, papal bulls. Fry. Bullantic letters
, Gothic letters used in papal bulls.
[ Late Latin bullarium
: confer French bullairie
. See Bull
an edict.] A collection of papal bulls.
; plural Bullaries
(-rĭz). [ Confer Boilary
.] A place for boiling or preparing salt; a boilery. Crabb.
And certain salt fats or bullaries .
Bills in Chancery.
Bullate (bŭl"lat/) adjective [ Latin bullatus , from bulla bubble.] (Biol.) Appearing as if blistered; inflated; puckered. Bullate leaf (Botany) , a leaf, the membranous part of which rises between the veins puckered elevations convex on one side and concave on the other.
Bullbeggar noun Something used or suggested to produce terror, as in children or persons of weak mind; a bugbear.
And being an ill-looked fellow, he has a pension from the church wardens for being bullbeggar to all the forward children in the parish.
Bullcomber noun (Zoology) A scaraboid beetle; esp. the Typhæus vulgaris of Europe.
1. (Zoology) A variety of dog, of remarkable ferocity, courage, and tenacity of grip; -- so named, probably, from being formerly employed in baiting bulls. 2. (Metal.) A refractory material used as a furnace lining, obtained by calcining the cinder or slag from the puddling furnace of a rolling mill.
Bulldog adjective Characteristic of, or like, a bulldog; stubborn; as, bulldog courage; bulldog tenacity. Bulldog bat (Zo'94l.) , a bat of the genus Nyctinomus ; -- so called from the shape of its face.
Bulldoze transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bulldozed
; present participle & verbal noun Bulldozing
.] To intimidate; to restrain or coerce by intimidation or violence; -- used originally of the intimidation of negro voters, in Louisiana.
[ Slang, U.S.]
Bulldozer noun One who bulldozes. [ Slang]
[ Confer Boln
Bullen-bullen noun [ Native Australian name, from its cry.] (Zoology) The lyre bird.
Bullen-nail noun [ Bull large, having a large head + nail .] A nail with a round head and short shank, tinned and lacquered.
[ French boulet
, dim. of boule
ball. See Bull
an edict, and confer Boulet
.] 1. A small ball. 2. A missile, usually of lead, and round or elongated in form, to be discharged from a rifle, musket, pistol, or other small firearm. 3. A cannon ball.
A ship before Greenwich . . . shot off her ordnance, one piece being charged with a bullet of stone. 4. The fetlock of a horse.
[ See Illust.
Bullet-proof adjective Capable of resisting the force of a bullet. Bullet tree
. See Bully tree .
-- Bullet wood
, the wood of the bullet tree.
[ French bulletin
, from Italian bullettino
, dim. of bulletta
, dim. of bulla
, an edict of the pope, from Latin bulla
bubble. See Bull
an edict.] 1. A brief statement of facts respecting some passing event, as military operations or the health of some distinguished personage, issued by authority for the information of the public. 2. Any public notice or announcement, especially of news recently received. 3. A periodical publication, especially one containing the proceeding of a society. Bulletin board
, a board on which announcements are put, particularly at newsrooms, newspaper offices, etc.
Bullfaced adjective Having a large face.
Bullfight, Bullfighting noun A barbarous sport, of great antiquity, in which men torment, and fight with, a bull or bulls in an arena, for public amusement, -- still popular in Spain. -- Bull"fight`er noun
Bullfinch noun (Zoology) A bird of the genus Pyrrhula and other related genera, especially the P. vulgaris or rubicilla , a bird of Europe allied to the grosbeak, having the breast, cheeks, and neck, red.
» As a cage bird it is highly valued for its remarkable power of learning to whistle correctly various musical airs. Crimson-fronted bullfinch
. (Zoology) See Burion .
-- Pine bullfinch
, the pine finch.
Bullfist, Bullfice noun
[ Confer German bofist
, Anglo-Saxon wulfes fist
puffball, English fizz
.] (Botany) A kind of fungus. See Puffball .
Bullfrog noun (Zoology) A very large species of frog ( Rana Catesbiana ), found in North America; -- so named from its loud bellowing in spring.
Bullhead noun Bullhead whiting (Zoology) , the kingfish of Florida ( Menticirrus alburnus ).
1. (Zoology) (a) A fresh-water fish of many species, of the genus Uranidea , esp. U. gobio of Europe, and U. Richardsoni of the United States; -- called also miller's thumb . (b) In America, several species of Amiurus ; -- called also catfish , horned pout , and bullpout . (c) A marine fish of the genus Cottus ; the sculpin. 2. (Zoology) (a) The black-bellied plover ( Squatarola helvetica ); -- called also beetlehead . (b) The golden plover. 3. A stupid fellow; a lubber. [ Colloq.] Jonson. 4. (Zoology) A small black water insect. E. Phillips.
Bullheaded (bul"hĕd`ĕd) adjective Having a head like that of a bull. Fig.: Headstrong; obstinate; dogged.
[ Confer Middle English bullyon
a hook used for fastening the dress, a button, stud, an embossed ornament of various kinds, e. g.
, on the cover of a book, on bridles or poitrels, for purses, for breeches and doublets, Late Latin bullio
the swelling of boiling water, a mass of gold or silver, from Latin bulla
boss, stud, bubble (see Bull
an edict), or perhaps corrupted from French billon
base coin, Late Latin billio
bullion. Confer Billon
a stick.] 1. Uncoined gold or silver in the mass.
» Properly, the precious metals are called bullion
, when smelted and not perfectly refined, or when refined, but in bars, ingots or in any form uncoined, as in plate. The word is often often used to denote gold and silver, both coined and uncoined, when reckoned by weight and in mass, including especially foreign, or uncurrent, coin. 2. Base or uncurrent coin.
And those which eld's strict doom did disallow, 3. Showy metallic ornament, as of gold, silver, or copper, on bridles, saddles, etc.
And damm for bullion , go for current now.
The clasps and bullions were worth a thousand pound. 4. Heavy twisted fringe, made of fine gold or silver wire and used for epaulets; also, any heavy twisted fringe whose cords are prominent.
Bullionist noun An advocate for a metallic currency, or a paper currency always convertible into gold.
Bullirag transitive verb
[ Confer bully
& v., and rag
to scold, rail. Confer Ballarag
.] To intimidate by bullying; to rally contemptuously; to badger.
Bullish adjective Partaking of the nature of a bull, or a blunder.
Let me inform you, a toothless satire is as improper as a toothed sleek stone, and as bullish .
[ French bulliste
. See Bull
an edict.] A writer or drawer up of papal bulls.
[ R.] Harmar.
[ Latin bullire
, to boil. See Boil
, intransitive verb
] The action of boiling; boiling. [ Obsolete] See Ebullition . Bacon.
[ Anglo-Saxon bulluc
a young bull. See Bull
.] 1. A young bull, or any male of the ox kind.
Take thy father's young bullock , even the second bullock of seven years old. 2. An ox, steer, or stag.
Judges vi. 25.
Bullock transitive verb To bully.
She shan't think to bullock and domineer over me.
Bullon noun (Zoology) A West Indian fish ( Scarus Croicensis ).
Bullpout noun (Zoology) See Bullhead , 1 (b) .
Bullweed noun [ Bole a stem + weed .] (Botany) Knapweed. Prior.
; plural Bullies
[ Confer LG. bullerjaan
, a blusterer, Dutch bulderaar
a bluster, bulderen
to bluster; probably of imitative origin; or confer Middle High German buole
lover, German buhle
.] 1. A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow.
Bullies seldom execute the threats they deal in. 2. A brisk, dashing fellow.
[ Slang Obsolete] Shak.
1. Jovial and blustering; dashing. [ Slang] "Bless thee, bully doctor." Shak. 2. Fine; excellent; as, a bully horse. [ Slang, U.S.]
Bully transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bullied
; present participle & verbal noun Bullying
.] To intimidate with threats and by an overbearing, swaggering demeanor; to act the part of a bully toward.
For the last fortnight there have been prodigious shoals of volunteers gone over to bully the French, upon hearing the peace was just signing. Syn.
-- To bluster; swagger; hector; domineer.
Bully intransitive verb To act as a bully.
, Bul"ly beef`
[ French bouilli
boiled meat, from bouillir
to boil. See Boil
The word bouilli
was formerly commonly used on the labels of canned beef.] Pickled or canned beef.
Bully tree (Botany) The name of several West Indian trees of the order Sapotaceæ , as Dipholis nigra and species of Sapota and Mimusops . Most of them yield a substance closely resembling gutta-percha.
Bullyrag transitive verb Same as Bullirag .
Bullyrock noun A bully. [ Slang Obsolete] Shak.