bull

1 [bool]
noun
1.
the male of a bovine animal, especially of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.
2.
the male of certain other animals, as the elephant and moose.
3.
a large, solidly built person.
4.
a person who believes that market prices, especially of stocks, will increase (opposed to bear ).
5.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Taurus.
6.
7.
Slang. a police officer.
adjective
8.
9.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a bull, as in strength.
10.
having to do with or marked by a continuous trend of rising prices, as of stocks: a bull market.
verb (used with object)
11.
Stock Exchange. to attempt to raise the price of.
12.
to speculate in, in expectation of a rise in price.
13.
to force; shove: to bull one's way through a crowd.
14.
Nautical. to ram (a buoy).
Idioms
15.
bull in a china shop,
a.
an awkward or clumsy person.
b.
an inconsiderate or tactless person.
c.
a troublemaker; dangerous person.
16.
take the bull by the horns, to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English bule, Old English bula; akin to Old Norse boli; see bullock

bull-like, adjective
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bull

2 [bool]
noun
1.
a bulla or seal.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. a formal papal document having a bulla attached.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bulle < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin bulla seal, sealed document; see bulla

bull

3 [bool]
noun Slang.
1.
exaggerations; lies; nonsense.
Idioms
2.
shoot the bull, to talk aimlessly: We just sat around shooting the bull.

Origin:
1620–30; < Medieval Latin bulla play, game, jest, perhaps special use of Latin bulla bubble; now generally taken as a euphemistic shortening of bullshit

Bull

[bool]
noun
John, John Bull.

Bull

[bool]
noun
Ole (Bornemann) [oh-luh bor-nuh-mahn] , 1810–80, Norwegian violinist and composer.

bull.

Halsey

[hawl-zee]
noun
William Frederick ("Bull") 1882–1959, U.S. admiral.
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bull1 (bʊl)
 
n
1.  any male bovine animal, esp one that is sexually matureRelated: taurine
2.  the uncastrated adult male of any breed of domestic cattle
3.  the male of various other animals including the elephant and whale
4.  a very large, strong, or aggressive person
5.  stock exchange
 a.  a speculator who buys in anticipation of rising prices in order to make a profit on resale
 b.  Compare bear (as modifier): a bull market
6.  chiefly (Brit) bull's-eye short for bull's-eye
7.  slang short for bullshit
8.  bulldog short for bull terrier
9.  a bull in a china shop a clumsy person
10.  slang (US), (Canadian) shoot the bull
 a.  to pass time talking lightly
 b.  to boast or exaggerate
11.  take the bull by the horns to face and tackle a difficulty without shirking
 
adj
12.  male; masculine: a bull elephant
13.  large; strong
 
vb
14.  (tr) to raise or attempt to raise the price or prices of (a stock market or a security) by speculative buying
15.  (intr) (of a cow) to be on heat
16.  slang (US) (intr) to talk lightly or foolishly
 
Related: taurine
 
[Old English bula, from Old Norse boli; related to Middle Low German bulle, Middle Dutch bolle]

bull2 (bʊl)
 
n
Also called: Irish bull a ludicrously self-contradictory or inconsistent statement
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]

bull3 (bʊl)
 
n
a formal document issued by the pope, written in antiquated characters and often sealed with a leaden bulla
 
[C13: from Medieval Latin bulla seal attached to a bull, from Latin: round object]

Bull1 (bʊl)
 
n
the Bull the constellation Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac

Bull2 (bʊl)
 
n
1.  John. 1563--1628, English composer and organist
2.  See John Bull

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Word Origin & History

bull
O.E. bula "a bull, a steer," or O.N. boli "bull," both from P.Gmc. *bullon- (cf. M.Du. bulle, Ger. Bulle), perhaps from a Gmc. verbal stem meaning "to roar," which survives in some Ger. dialects and perhaps in the first element of boulder (q.v.). The other possibility is
that it is from PIE *bhln-, from base *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). An uncastrated male, reared for breeding, as opposed to a bullock or steer. Extended after 1610s to males of other large animals (elephant, alligator, whale, etc.). Bullfrog is from 1738, on resemblance of voice. Stock market sense is from 1714. Bulldyke is from 1926 (see dyke). Bullheaded "obstinate" is from 1818. Phrase to take the bull by the horns first recorded 1711.

bull
"papal edict," c.1300, from L. bulla "sealed document" (cf. O.Fr. bulle, It. bulla), originally the word for the seal itself, from bulla "round swelling, knob," said ultimately to be from Gaulish, from PIE *beu-, a base supposed to have formed words associated with swelling (cf. Lith. bule "buttocks,"
M.Du. puyl "bag").
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Bull Information Systems

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Idioms & Phrases

bull

In addition to the idioms beginning with bull, also see cock and bull story; hit the bull's-eye; shoot the breeze (bull); take the bull by the horns.

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They have access to better weapons and armour than the average bull.
Banderilleros attempt to place the sticks while running as close to the bull as
  possible.
In its original form, the bull was fought from horseback using a javelin.
Drawing blood is rare and the bull returns to his pen at the end of the
  performance.
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