bullet (plural bullets)
- A projectile, usually of metal, shot from a gun at high speed.
- (informal) An entire round of unfired ammunition for a firearm, including the projectile, the cartridge casing, the propellant charge, etc.
- 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 in lieu of numbers for marking items in a list. (see also bulleted)
- (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.
2011 January 19, Jonathan Stevenson, “Leeds 1 - 3 Arsenal”, in BBC:
- Just as it appeared Arsenal had taken the sting out of the tie, Johnson produced a moment of outrageous quality, thundering a bullet of a left foot shot out of the blue and into the top left-hand corner of Wojciech Szczesny's net with the Pole grasping at thin air.
- (in attributive use) Very fast (speedy).
- bullet train
- bullet chess
- (obsolete) A small ball.
- (obsolete) A cannonball.
- A ship before Greenwich […] shot off her ordnance, one piece being charged with a bullet of stone.
- (fishing) A plumb or sinker.
- (obsolete) The fetlock of a horse.
- (Ireland, particularly in Northern Ireland) The heavy projectile thrown in a game of road bowling.
Hyponyms of bullet (noun, projectile)
Terms derived from bullet (noun)
typography: printed symbol in the form of a solid circle
informal: round of unfired ammunition
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Translations to be checked
- (transitive, informal) To draw attention to (text) by, or as if by, placing a graphic bullet in front of it.
2000, Merriam-Webster, Inc, Merriam-Webster's collegiate encyclopedia, page x:
- For instance, in the article on Tim Berners-Lee, we have bulleted "World Wide Web"
2004, Richard P. Pohanish, HazMat data: for first response, transportation, storage, and security, page x:
- The author has bulleted this section to make it easier to read and included important notes and warnings.
2008, Deanna Davis, The law of attraction in action, page 42:
- I had mind-mapped everything from my business to my baby girl's needs and had bulleted my talking points, brownie points, and breaking points for just about every life area
- (intransitive, informal) To speed, like a bullet.
- Their debut started slow, but bulleted to number six in its fourth week.
- (transitive, informal) To make a shot, especially with great speed.
- He bulleted a header for his first score of the season.
bullet (plural indefinite bullets, no definite forms)
- (typography) bullet (a printed symbol, e.g. •, used for marking items in a list) [from 1994]