Definitions for: Bull

[n] a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"
[n] mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
[n] uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
[n] unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements); "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
[n] a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
[n] the center of a target
[n] the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
[n] (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
[n] a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got"
[n] an investor with an optimistic market outlook
[n] (informal) uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
[v] advance in price, as of stocks
[v] talk through one's hat; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
[v] try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
[v] push or force; "He bulled through his demands"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bull, n. [OE. bule, bul, bole; akin to D. bul, G. bulle,
Icel. boli, Lith. bullus, Lett. bollis, Russ. vol'; prob. fr.
the root of AS. bellan, E. bellow.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The male of any species of cattle
(Bovid[ae]); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as
the elephant; also, the male of the whale.

Note: The wild bull of the Old Testament is thought to be the
oryx, a large species of antelope.

2. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or
action. --Ps. xxii. 12.

3. (Astron.)
(a) Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
(b) A constellation of the zodiac between Aries and
Gemini. It contains the Pleiades.

At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun, And
the bright Bull receives him. --Thomson.

4. (Stock Exchange) One who operates in expectation of a rise
in the price of stocks, or in order to effect such a rise.
See 4th Bear, n., 5.

Bull baiting, the practice of baiting bulls, or rendering
them furious, as by setting dogs to attack them.

John Bull, a humorous name for the English, collectively;
also, an Englishman. ``Good-looking young John Bull.''
--W. D.Howells.

To take the bull by the horns, to grapple with a difficulty
instead of avoiding it.

Bull, a.
Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large;

Bull bat (Zo["o]l.), the night hawk; -- so called from the
loud noise it makes while feeding on the wing, in the

Bull calf.
(a) A stupid fellow.

Bull mackerel (Zo["o]l.), the chub mackerel.

Bull pump (Mining), a direct single-acting pumping engine,
in which the steam cylinder is placed above the pump.

Bull snake (Zo["o]l.), the pine snake of the United States.

Bull stag, a castrated bull. See Stag.

Bull wheel, a wheel, or drum, on which a rope is wound for
lifting heavy articles, as logs, the tools in well boring,

Bull, v. i.
To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.

Bull, v. t. (Stock Exchange)
To endeavor to raise the market price of; as, to bull
railroad bonds; to bull stocks; to bull Lake Shore; to
endeavor to raise prices in; as, to bull the market. See 1st
Bull, n., 4.

Bull, n. [OE. bulle, fr. L. bulla bubble, stud, knob,
LL., a seal or stamp: cf. F. bulle. Cf. Bull a writing,
Bowl a ball, Boil, v. i.]
1. A seal. See Bulla.

2. A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in
Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla,
and dated ``a die Incarnationis,'' i. e., ``from the day
of the Incarnation.'' See Apostolical brief, under

A fresh bull of Leo's had declared how inflexible
the court of Rome was in the point of abuses.

3. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity,
but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of
expression; so called, perhaps, from the apparent
incongruity between the dictatorial nature of the pope's
bulls and his professions of humility.

And whereas the papist boasts himself to be a Roman
Catholic, it is a mere contradiction, one of the
pope's bulls, as if he should say universal
particular; a Catholic schimatic. --Milton.

The Golden Bull, an edict or imperial constitution made by
the emperor Charles IV. (1356), containing what became the
fundamental law of the German empire; -- so called from
its golden seal.

Syn: See Blunder.

Synonyms: bruiser, bull through, bull's eye, bullshit, bullshit, buncombe, bunk, bunkum, cop, copper, crap, dogshit, fake, fuzz, guff, hogwash, horseshit, Irish bull, papal bull, pig, rot, Samson, shit, strapper, Taurus, Taurus, Taurus the Bull

Antonyms: bear

See Also: adult male, affect, bear on, bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, Bos taurus, botch, bullock, bungle, cattle, center, centre, climb, cows, decree, dissemble, drivel, edict, eutherian, eutherian mammal, feign, fiat, flub, foul-up, fuckup, go up, horn, house, human, individual, investor, job, kine, man, mansion, mark, midpoint, mortal, officer, order, oxen, person, placental, placental mammal, planetary house, police officer, policeman, pretend, push, rescript, rise, sham, sign, sign of the zodiac, somebody, someone, soul, speculate, star sign, target

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