Bullet meaning

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An object resembling a projectile in shape, action, or effect.
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(printing) A heavy dot (•) used to highlight a particular passage.
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A bullet-shaped symbol used to indicate a rapid increase in sales and airplay of musical recordings, videos, etc.
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(typography) A printed symbol in the form of a solid circle, (•), often used for marking items in a list. (see also bulleted)
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(informal) An entire round of unfired ammunition for a firearm, including the projectile, the cartridge casing, the propellant charge, etc.
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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.

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A small ball or cone-shaped missile of lead, metal alloy, etc., to be shot from a firearm.
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(loosely) A bullet in its casing; cartridge.
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Anything like a bullet in shape, action, etc.
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A solid dot used as at the beginning of a line for emphasis.
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A projectile, usually of metal, shot from a gun at high speed.
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Ammunition for a sling or slingshot which has been manufactured for such use.
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(banking, finance) A large scheduled repayment of the principal of a loan; a balloon payment.
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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.

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(slang) One year of prison time.
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(slang) An ace (the playing card).
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(figuratively) Anything that is projected extremely fast.
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(in attributive use) Very fast (speedy).

Bullet train.

Bullet chess.

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(informal) To draw attention to (text) by, or as if by, placing a graphic bullet in front of it.
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(intransitive, informal) To speed, like a bullet.

Their debut started slow, but bulleted to number six in its fourth week.

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(informal) To make a shot, especially with great speed.

He bulleted a header for his first score of the season.

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bite the bullet
  • to confront a painful situation with fortitude or stoicism
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bullet

  • French boulette diminutive of boule ball from Old French from Latin bulla

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French boulette.

    From Wiktionary