[boo l-it]


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.

Nearby words

  1. bulldog clip,
  2. bulldog edition,
  3. bulldog forceps,
  4. bulldoze,
  5. bulldozer,
  6. bullet forceps,
  7. bullet point,
  8. bullet train,
  9. bullet wood,
  10. bullethead


    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 formsbul·let·less, adjectivebul·let·like, adjective

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Examples from the Web for bulleted

  • Having just bulleted through his new, supremely pleasurable novel Nobody Move, I hereby nominate Denis Johnson.

  • Scarcely slowing down, Kinnison bulleted into the turn and through an open, heavily-guarded gate.

    Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for bulleted



  1. a small metallic missile enclosed in a cartridge, used as the projectile of a gun, rifle, etc
  2. 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
  1. the final repayment of a loan that repays the whole of the sum borrowed, as interim payments have been for interest only
  2. (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)
Derived Formsbullet-like, adjective

Word Origin for bullet

C16: from French boulette, diminutive of boule ball; see bowl ²

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Word Origin and History for bulleted



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with bulleted


see bite the bullet; sweat bullets.

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