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6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bull \Bull\, noun [OE. bulle, fr. L. bulla bubble, stud, knob, LL., a seal or stamp: cf. F. bulle. Cf. {Bull} a writing, {Bowl} a ball, {Boil}, verb (used without an object)]

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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bull \Bull\, noun [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. (Zool.) 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}, noun, 5.

5. a ludicrously false statement; nonsense. Also used as an expletive. [vulgar]

Syn: bullshit, Irish bull, horseshit, shit, crap, crapola, bunk, bunkum, buncombe, guff, nonsense, rot, tommyrot, balderdash, hogwash, dogshit. [WordNet 1.5]

{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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bull \Bull\, adjective Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce.

{Bull bat} (Zool.), 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} (Zool.), the chub mackerel.

{Bull pump} (Mining), a direct single-acting pumping engine, in which the steam cylinder is placed above the pump.

{Bull snake} (Zool.), 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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bull \Bull\, verb (used without an object) To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bull \Bull\, verb (used with an object) (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}, noun, 4.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bull

noun

1: uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle

2: a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got" [syn: {bull}, {bruiser}, {strapper}, {Samson}]

3: obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull" [syn: {bullshit}, {bull}, {Irish bull}, {horseshit}, {shit}, {crap}, {dogshit}]

4: a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"

5: uncomplimentary terms for a policeman [syn: {bull}, {cop}, {copper}, {fuzz}, {pig}]

6: an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later [ant: {bear}]

7: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus [syn: {Taurus}, {Bull}]

8: the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20 [syn: {Taurus}, {Taurus the Bull}, {Bull}]

9: the center of a target [syn: {bull's eye}, {bull}]

10: a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla) [syn: {bull}, {papal bull}]

11: mature male of various mammals of which the female is called 'cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle

verb

1: push or force; "He bulled through his demands" [syn: {bull}, {bull through}]

2: try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying

3: speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it" [syn: {talk through one's hat}, {bullshit}, {bull}, {fake}]

4: advance in price; "stocks were bulling"

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