• WordNet 3.6
    • n bullet (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity "he swung late on the fastball","he showed batters nothing but smoke"
    • n bullet a projectile that is fired from a gun
    • n bullet a high-speed passenger train
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet
    • Bullet A cannon ball. "A ship before Greenwich . . . shot off her ordnance, one piece being charged with a bullet of stone."
    • Bullet A missile, usually of lead, and round or elongated in form, to be discharged from a rifle, musket, pistol, or other small firearm.
    • Bullet A small ball.
    • Bullet The fetlock of a horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Andrew Jackson spent most of his adult life with a bullet no more than two inches away from his heart as a result of a duel he fought before becoming President.
    • n bullet A small ball.
    • n bullet Specifically—2. A small metallic projectile intended to be discharged from a firearm: commonly limited to leaden projectiles for small arms. Bullets were formerly always spherical in form, but many changes have been made in them in both shape and structure. The bullet used for rifles of recent construction is elongated and conical, or rather ogival, at the apex, somewhat like half an egg drawn out, with a hollow at the base, into which a plug of wood or clay is inserted, and with small cuts (cannelures) in the metal outside, which are filled with beeswax to lubricate the barrel while the bullet is passing through it. When the gun is fired the plug is driven forward to the head of the cavity, forcing the base of the bullet outward till the lead completely fills the grooves in the rifled barrel. The plug is often omitted, the base of the bullet being forced into the grooves by the expansive force of the powder.
    • n bullet In heraldry, a roundel sable (that is, a black circle), supposed to represent a cannon-ball.
    • n bullet In poker, an ace: as, a pair of bullets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.
    • n Bullet bool′et the projectile of lead or other metal discharged from any kind of small-arm: a plumb or sinker in fishing
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  • Hilaire Belloc
    “I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum, because if I use the leaden one his hide is sure to flatten em.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.”
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    “Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.”
  • Yaser Arafat
    Yaser Arafat
    “Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    “Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target, the bulls-eye is heaven.”


Bite the bullet - If you have to bite the bullet, you have to accept or face something unpleasant because it cannot be avoided.
Dodge the bullet - If someone has dodged a bullet, they have successfully avoided a very serious problem.
Silver bullet - A silver bullet is a complete solution to a large problem, a solution that seems magical.
Sweat bullets - (USA) If someone is sweating bullets, they're very worried or frightened.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. boulet, dim. of boule, ball. See Bull an edict, and cf. Boulet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. boulet, dim. of boule, a ball—L. bulla. See Bull, an edict.


In literature:

The light-hearted Frenchman fell stone dead, a bullet through his head, and two more men were wounded.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He had a bullet through the neck.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
My back aches right between the shoulder blades where a bullet might 'a' hit it.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Sure I hope I put a bullet through him, and I believed him when he said he was a police inspector.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
The rifle spat forth a jet of fire and sent a bullet whistling over the water.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
The only men who slept badly were Gedge and Symons, the man whose cheek-bone had been furrowed by a bullet.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
A bullet-pouch of white buckskin, richly worked with porcupine quills, is hanging over her arm.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
We had thus far avoided that terrible but famous pest of the soldier that sheds more blood than bullets.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
A bullet bit into the rim of his sombrero, and he grumbled a big oath under his breath.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
With the report it sailed forward, side-slipped, landed on its rim, perforated by a steel-nosed thirty-eight caliber bullet.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn

In poetry:

Put a bullet in his left side
And one in his thigh,
But Joe didn't lose
His shootin' eye.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
"Ef my bullets weren't gone,
An' my strength all spent-
I'd send the chief something
With a compliment."
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
"Maiden, I saw him with his head
Upon a stone at rest.
And for his love, a bullet red
Into his heart was pressed.
"Huntsman, That On The Hills Above" by Avetik Isahakian
Bullets cease this Christmas night,
Only songs are heard.
If you feel a phantom step,
'Twas my heart that stirred.
"In The Trenches" by Katherine Hale
If I had a shiny gun,
I could have a world of fun
Speeding bullets through the brains
Of the folk who give me pains;
"Frustration" by Dorothy Parker
I shoot the Hippopotamus
With bullets made of platinum,
Because if I use leaden ones
His hide is sure to flatten 'em.
"The Hippopotamus" by Hilaire Belloc

In news:

R Heat Lightning Has Bullet Work at Belmont.
David 'The Bullet' Smith brings his 'America's Got Talent' act to Military Park.
Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger David "The Bullet" Smith put on a show Monday in Military Park, taping a performance for tonight's "America's Got Talent".
(The high-power performance is virtually the same, which makes sense as they are both Bullets.
Ice Box in Bullet Work for Belmont.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kentucky Derby runnerup Ice Box had his final work before next Saturday's Belmont Stakes, going four furlongs in a bullet time of 46.65 seconds on the Oklahoma Training Track Thursday morning.
Ice Box broke out the heat April 23, firing a bullet:46 2/5 workout for a half-mile over a sloppy main track at Churchill Downs.
Wilson caught a 28-yard bullet from Wiegers to push the lead to 41-7.
A cobbled-together, $10,000 suit can protect you from radiation, chemicals, bullets, and pretty much any other insult of modern life—including socializing.
It's coming faster than a speeding bullet.
Scott Erwin kept the battery he believes prevented a bullet from hitting his heart.
On the heels of unabated violence in the Middle East ever since the 2011 Arab Spring, an unusual Indian uprising in August put the powers that be on notice without the firing of a single bullet, and without mob violence of any kind.
As Indonesia dodges the global economic crisis bullet, Sri Mulyani, a woman educated in America, has become a star.
Magic bullet': Iodine capsule for thyroid cancer now available here.
Steven faces attempted murder charges in the incident, as the bullet pierced Chris's neck.

In science:

Thus if Φas π isn’t strict, the failure must lie elsewhere in the bullets of Theorem 2.9.
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions
We now define two maps which takes as input almost strict AS (ϕ, G, ∆, H ) and output almost strict AS (Φ∗ϕ, Φ∗G, Φ∗∆, H ) such that the induced homomorphisms Φ∗ϕ : Φ∗G → H are closer to satisfying the bullets from Theorem 2.9.
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions
We now define a third homomorphism Φr , in addition to Φas and Φa , which brings us closer to satisfying the third bullet of Theorem 2.9.
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions
These homomorphisms were designed to ensure that in the direct limit the bullets from Theorem 2.9 were satisfied.
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions
The first bullet follows from the fact that the vertex groups o f QC JS J (L(n)) are generated by vertex groups from JS J (L(n)) and stable letters from JS J(L(n)), and that the vertex groups of JS J (L(n + 1)) are obtained from the images of vertex groups of JS J (L(n)) by iteratively adjoining roots, by Lemma 5.17.
Krull dimension for limit groups II: aligning JSJ decompositions