EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS 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. 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,
-ette -ette Related forms bul·let·less, adjective bul·let·like, adjective
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shoot Examples from the Web for bulleting Historical Examples of bulleting British Dictionary definitions for bulleting noun 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 commerce 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) Derived Forms bullet-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 bulleting n.
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 bulleting
see bite the bullet; sweat bullets.
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