- a small metal projectile, part of a cartridge, for firing from small arms.
- a cartridge.
- a small ball.
- Printing. a heavy dot for marking paragraphs or otherwise calling attention to or itemizing particular sections of text, especially in display advertising.
- Cards. an ace.
- to move swiftly.
- bite the bullet, to force oneself to perform a painful, difficult task or to endure an unpleasant situation: We'll just have to bite the bullet and pay higher taxes.
Origin of bullet
Examples from the Web for bullet
Merabet had already been immobilized by a bullet to the groin.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
He survived, Risner says, but was left permanently injured by a bullet to his spine.Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. Over Dog Bite
December 10, 2014
Not only did a cherished character get a bullet to the brain, but things are only going to get worse on The Walking Dead.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
Her mother, pregnant at the time of the killing, was hit in the shoulder by a bullet from the same gun that killed her son.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
Fourteen years on, the wooden stairs and ceiling are still charred, and the walls are studded with clusters of bullet holes.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Or else, in some barroom, a footfall from behind and a bullet through the back.
But the man had been only stunned by a bullet that plowed its way across the top of his skull.
Raising his arm for a fresh stroke, his wrist was smashed by a bullet.
He thinks that every bullet is going to hit him, and that every shot is aimed at him.
Of the bullet it may be said, that its stopping power is all that could be desired.
- a small metallic missile enclosed in a cartridge, used as the projectile of a gun, rifle, etc
- the entire cartridge
- something resembling a bullet, esp in shape or effect
- stock exchange a fixed interest security with a single maturity date
- commerce a security that offers a fixed interest and matures on a fixed date
- the final repayment of a loan that repays the whole of the sum borrowed, as interim payments have been for interest only
- (as modifier)a bullet loan
- British slang dismissal, sometimes without notice (esp in the phrases get or give the bullet)
- printing See centred dot
- bite the bullet See bite (def. 14)
Word Origin and History for bullet
1550s, from Middle French boulette "cannonball, small ball," diminutive of boule "a ball" (13c.), from Latin bulla "round thing, knob" (see bull (n.2)). Earliest version of bite the bullet recorded 1891, probably with a sense of giving someone a soft lead bullet to clench in the teeth during a painful operation.