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bullet

[boo l-it] /ˈbʊl ɪt/
noun
1.
a small metal projectile, part of a cartridge, for firing from small arms.
2.
a cartridge.
3.
a small ball.
4.
Printing. a heavy dot for marking paragraphs or otherwise calling attention to or itemizing particular sections of text, especially in display advertising.
5.
Cards. an ace.
verb (used without object), bulleted, bulleting.
6.
to move swiftly.
Idioms
7.
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
1550-1560
1550-60; < Middle French boullette, equivalent to boulle ball (see bowl2) + -ette -ette
Related forms
bulletless, adjective
bulletlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bulletless

bullet

/ˈbʊlɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a small metallic missile enclosed in a cartridge, used as the projectile of a gun, rifle, etc
  2. the entire cartridge
2.
something resembling a bullet, esp in shape or effect
3.
(stock exchange) a fixed interest security with a single maturity date
4.
(commerce) a security that offers a fixed interest and matures on a fixed date
5.
(commerce)
  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
6.
(Brit, slang) dismissal, sometimes without notice (esp in the phrases get or give the bullet)
7.
(printing) See centred dot
8.
bite the bullet, See bite (sense 14)
Derived Forms
bullet-like, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French boulette, diminutive of boule ball; see bowl²
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Word Origin and History for bulletless

bullet

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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Slang definitions & phrases for bulletless

bullet

noun
  1. An ace (1807+ Card games)
  2. Money; dollars (1900+ Underworld)
  3. A rivet (WWII aircraft workers)
  4. Anything thrown or hit so as to travel very fast, esp a baseball: He's throwing bullets out there (1940s+)
  5. A record rising very fast on the popularity charts (1970s+ Recording industry)
  6. A one-year prison sentence; boffo (1990s+ Police)
verb

: currently bulleting up the charts

Related Terms

bite the bullet


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Idioms and Phrases with bulletless
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Encyclopedia Article for bulletless

bullet

an elongated metal projectile that is fired by a pistol, rifle, or machine gun. Bullets are measured by their calibre, which indicates the interior diameter, or bore, of a gun barrel. (See bore.

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