- 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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- 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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