- the circular spot, usually black or outlined in black, at the center of a target marked with concentric circles and used in target practice.
- a shot that hits this.
- the center or central area of a military target, as of a town or factory, in a bombing raid.
- a missile that strikes the central area of a target.
- the coordinates or instance of aiming and firing a missile that results in its hitting the center of a target.
- any statement or act that is precisely to the point or achieves a desired result directly.
- something that is decisive or crucial; crux.
- a small circular opening or window.
- a thick disk or lenslike piece of glass inserted in a roof, ship's deck, etc., to admit light.
- Optics. a lens of short focal length.
- a lantern equipped with a lens of this sort.
- Nautical. an oval or circular wooden block having a groove around it and a hole in the center, through which to reeve a rope.
- Meteorology. (formerly) the eye of a storm.
- a large, round piece of peppermint-flavored hard candy.
Origin of bull's-eye
First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for bullseye
This time a bullseye from a distance made clean, easy, and effective.America’s Troubled Drone Policy: Let the Debate Finally Begin
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February 10, 2013
"You have scored a bullseye," cried Cairns, when he had read Desmond's report, and had glanced at the sketches.Grey Town
The lantern was a bullseye, and as soon as Ned turned the flashing glare on the surrounding darkness the mystery was solved.
It was a bullseye, and he so trained it that the yellow glare shone on the sawdust heap.
My crew were aiming like sharpshooters and both torpedos went to their bullseye.
The bullseye was the silhouette, life size, of a man lying prone and firing at me.At Plattsburg
- the small central disc of a target, usually the highest valued area
- a shot hitting this
- informal something that exactly achieves its aim
- a small circular or oval window or opening
- a thick disc of glass set into a ship's deck, etc, to admit light
- the glass boss at the centre of a sheet of blown glass
- a small thick plano-convex lens used as a condenser
- a lamp or lantern containing such a lens
- a peppermint-flavoured, usually striped, boiled sweet
- nautical a circular or oval wooden block with a groove around it for the strop of a shroud and a hole at its centre for a lineCompare deadeye
- meteorol the eye or centre of a cyclone
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Word Origin and History for bullseye
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