- 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.
- to move swiftly.
- 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
Related Words for bulletingdash, hurry, wipe, whip, dart, flit, whir, hurtle, whoosh, whirl, rush, whisk, zip, scurry, scoot, jog, hasten, hustle, fly, shoot
Examples from the Web for bulleting
Historical Examples of bulleting
An hour, then, till he and Elaine would be in the aircar, bulleting toward Traskon.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
- 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
- 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)
- printing See centred dot
- bite the bullet See bite (def. 14)
Word Origin for bullet
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.
see bite the bullet; sweat bullets.