• WordNet 3.6
    • n bull's-eye a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that can be closed to conceal the light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bull's-eye A circular or oval opening for air or light.
    • Bull's-eye A lantern, with a thick glass lens on one side for concentrating the light on any object; also, the lens itself.
    • Bull's-eye (Optics) a lens of short focal distance used for concentrating rays of light.
    • Bull's-eye A small and thick old-fashioned watch.
    • Bull's-eye (Naut) A small circular or oval wooden block without sheaves, having a groove around it and a hole through it, used for connecting rigging.
    • Bull's-eye A small round cloud, with a ruddy center, supposed by sailors to portend a storm.
    • Bull's-eye A small thick disk of glass inserted in a deck, roof, floor, ship's side, etc., to let in light.
    • Bull's-eye A thick knob or protuberance left on glass by the end of the pipe through which it was blown.
    • Bull's-eye (Astron) Aldebaran, a bright star in the eye of Taurus or the Bull.
    • Bull's-eye something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal; as, to score a bull's eye .
    • Bull's-eye (Archery & Gun) The center of a target.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bull's-eye the central boss formed in making a sheet of blown glass (hence adj. Bull's′-eyed), a round piece of glass in a lantern, a policeman's lantern, a round opening or window: the centre of a target, of a different colour from the rest, and usually round: a thick lump of coloured or striped candy
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Hit the bull's-eye - If someone hits the bull's-eye, they are exactly right about something or achieve the best result possible. "Bulls-eye" and "bullseye" are alternative spellings.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M.E. bole, prob. Scand. bole, boli; most prob. cog. with Bellow.


In literature:

Where is there a soldier whose name is dry on the muster-rolls who has not heard of "Bull's-Eye" Kelley?
"Bamboo Tales" by Ira L. Reeves
On the upper surface of the thorax there are two oval tubercles, hard and transparent, like bull's-eye lights let into a ship's deck.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The result shot far over the heads of the country subscribers, and hit the bull's-eye of a big city daily.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Captain Dynamite's shots had each scored a bull's-eye.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
The bullet had penetrated the exact centre of the bull's eye!
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Both balls are in the bull's-eye.
"Tartarin On The Alps" by Alphonse Daudet
His forced acute intelligence made a bull's-eye shot.
"The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch" by Henry Wallace Phillips
The girl who hit the bull's eye the greatest number of times was to be proclaimed champion.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
A bull's eye it was, and the sergeant went on to shoot a string of them.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The aim could not have been improved, for it was a "bull's eye".
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Just then a light shone out over the black lake from the bull's-eye of a second policeman who had hurried up in answer to his comrade's whistle.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The lucida of Taurus, the well-known nautical star, popularly called Bull's-eye.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
With regard to the first, bull's eyes are generally recommended.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
The bull's eye target was the lantern pendant from the arm of the semaphore.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Why, the guy sitting on the bull's-eye.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Ah, it's a target; don't you see the bull's-eye?
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
Somebody then kicked him so sharply that he roused himself up, and, opening his eyes, was dazzled by the gleam of a bull's-eye lantern.
"Harper's Young People, July 27, 1880" by Various
M. Thieblin did not stray far from the bull's-eye in his prophecy.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Have ye not learned thot ye can make but wan bull's-eye at a shot?
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
A bull's-eye, you say.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang

In poetry:

For a lurid light shone in Bill's eye,
He grabbed his Winchester standing by,
And, with a voice like an angry bull,
He roared, "But I've got a sixteen full;"
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard
And there was Hans the blue-eyed Dane,
Bull-throated, bare of arm,
Who carried on his hairy chest
The maid Ultruda's charm —
The little silver crucifix
That keeps a man from harm.
"The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House" by Rudyard Kipling
Thus slew they Hans the blue-eyed Dane,
Bull-throated, bare of arm,
But Anne of Austria looted first
The maid Ultruda's charm —
The little silver crucifix
That keeps a man from harm.
"The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House" by Rudyard Kipling
But cold was Hans the blue-eyed Dane,
Bull-throated, bare of arm,
And laughter shook the chest beneath
The maid Ultruda's charm —
The little silver crucifix
That keeps a man from harm.
"The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House" by Rudyard Kipling
"A quart I'll give you," Bakewell cries,
"Merely to see the creature's eyes."
The scissors find employment full,
To rob the honors of the bull:
And turn those honors into coin,
Which must the barber's pocket line.
"The Wig" by William Hutton
Sleep, like a bunco artist, rubbed it in,
Sold me his ten-cent oil stocks, though he knew
It was a Kosher trick to take the tin
When I was such an easy thing to do;
For any centenarian can see
To ring a bull's-eye when he shoots at me.
"The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

It was also a period when the country was the coveted goal – and bull's-eye — in the Wars of Religion that plagued Europe.
Mayor Kevin Ruane and Councilman Marty Harrity hit the bull's eye.
Clearly, much of Hellman 's disdain is aimed at private equity's bull's-eye of the moment, Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman.
At age 31, Marshall Stair is in the bull's-eye of Knoxville Opera's new target-age demographic.
At age 31, Marshall Stair is in the bull's-eye of Knoxville Opera 's new target-age demographic.
The Rush of Hitting the Bull's-Eye.
Bull's-eye lands squarely on Bears' Cutler.
A young New Orleans police officer testified Wednesday that she had connected the dots in the case of Henry Glover, but failed to push the issue with supervisors for fear of becoming a "bull's-eye" for retaliation by colleagues.
Archers shoot arrows from 70 meters — about three-quarters of a football field — at a bull's-eye that is 4.8 inches across, about the size of a grapefruit.
Yes, it's perfect for scoring a bull's eye to their hearts, but love can be in the air anytime, and this one will always deliver a heavenly result.
Three area prep wrestlers will begin their seasons with bull's-eyes on their backs.
Medicaid is in the budget bull's eye.
Fuller shared the lead with Bull's Eye Country Club member Rick Miller and Brian Krueger.
Target has bull's-eye on the Galleria in downtown Portland.
Has its bull's-eye on the Galleria in downtown Portland.