- The definition of a bullet is a small ball or cone-shaped projectile which is shot from a gun, or a solid dot at the beginning of a line of type for emphasis.
An example of a bullet is what is shot from a rifle.
A revolver and the bullets it uses.
- a small ball or cone-shaped missile of lead, metal alloy, etc., to be shot from a firearm
- loosely a bullet in its casing; cartridge
- anything like a bullet in shape, action, etc.
- a solid dot used as at the beginning of a line for emphasis
- ☆ a bullet-shaped symbol used to indicate a rapid increase in sales and airplay of musical recordings, videos, etc.
Origin of bulletFrench boulette, diminutive of boule, a ball ; from Classical Latin bulla: see bull
- a. 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.b. Such a projectile in a metal casing; a cartridge.
- An object resembling a projectile in shape, action, or effect.
- Printing A heavy dot (•) used to highlight a particular passage.
Origin of bulletFrench boulette, diminutive of boule, ball, from Old French, from Latin bulla.
- A projectile, usually of metal, shot from a gun at high speed.
- Ammunition for a sling or slingshot which has been manufactured for such use.
- (typography) A printed symbol in the form of a solid circle, (•), often used for marking items in a list. (see also bulleted)
- (informal) An entire round of unfired ammunition for a firearm, including the projectile, the cartridge casing, the propellant charge, etc.
- (banking, finance) A large scheduled repayment of the principal of a loan; a balloon payment.
- A rejection letter, as for employment, admission to a school or a competition.
- John's not going to any of his top schools; he got a bullet from the last of them yesterday.
- (slang) One year of prison time
- (slang) An ace (the playing card).
- (figuratively) Anything that is projected extremely fast.
- (in attributive use) Very fast (speedy).
- bullet train
- bullet chess
(third-person singular simple present bullets, present participle bulleting, simple past and past participle bulleted)
- (informal) To draw attention to (text) by, or as if by, placing a graphic bullet in front of it.
- (intransitive, informal) To speed, like a bullet.
- Their debut started slow, but bulleted to number six in its fourth week.
- (informal) To make a shot, especially with great speed.
- He bulleted a header for his first score of the season.
From Middle French boulette.