bullet

[ boo l-it ]
/ ˈbʊl ɪt /

noun

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.

verb (used without object), bul·let·ed, bul·let·ing.

to move swiftly.

Idioms

    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

1550–60; < Middle French boullette, equivalent to boulle ball (see bowl2) + -ette -ette

Related forms

bul·let·less, adjectivebul·let·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bullet

bullet

/ (ˈbʊlɪt) /

noun


Derived Forms

bullet-like, adjective

Word Origin for bullet

C16: from French boulette, diminutive of boule ball; see bowl ²
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Idioms and Phrases with bullet

bullet

see bite the bullet; sweat bullets.


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