[boo lz-ahy]

noun, plural bull's-eyes.

Nearby words

  1. bull tongue,
  2. bull trout,
  3. bull wheel,
  4. bull's nose,
  5. bull's wool,
  6. bull's-eye mirror,
  7. bull's-eye rot,
  8. bull's-eye window,
  9. bull, ole bornemann,
  10. bull-bar

Origin of bull's-eye

First recorded in 1680–90

Related formsbull's-eyed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bullseye



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
  1. a small thick plano-convex lens used as a condenser
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for bullseye



also bulls-eye, 1833, "center of a target," from bull (n.1) + eye (n.). So called for size and color. Meaning "shot that hits the mark" is from 1857.

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