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Definitions of bull

  1. 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"
  2. a serious and ludicrous blunder; " he made a bad bull of the assignment"
  3. mature male of various mammals of which the female is called ` cow'; e. g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
  4. uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
  5. a formal proclamation issued by the pope ( usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
  6. the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
  7. ( astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
  8. ( informal) uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  9. talk through one's hat; " The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
  10. characterized by rising prices; " a bull market"
  11. obscene words for unacceptable behavior; " I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; " what he said was mostly bull"
  12. an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
  13. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  14. advance in price; " stocks were bulling"
  15. try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
  16. The male of any species of cattle ( Bovidae); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale.
  17. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action.
  18. Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
  19. A constellation of the zodiac between Aries and Gemini. It contains the Pleiades.
  20. 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.
  21. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce.
  22. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
  23. 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.
  24. The center of a target.
  25. 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 Brief.
  26. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression.
  27. The male of the species of animals of which the cow is the female; the male of various large animals, as the whale, elephant, etc.; in the stock market, one who endeavors to raise the price of stock; an official order by the Pope; as, a papal bull; a ridiculous contradiction in language.
  28. The male of the ox kind: a sign of the zodiac.
  29. Denoting largeness of size- used in composition, as bull- trout.
  30. An edict of the pope which has his seal affixed.
  31. A ludicrous blunder in speech.
  32. The male of cattle; a sealed edict of the Pope; a blunder.
  33. The male of domestic cattle or of some other animals.
  34. A dealer who seeks or expects higher prices.
  35. An official document of the Pope, sealed with a leaden seal.
  36. A ridiculous contradiction in terms; a blundering statement.
  37. Of a large size; male.
  38. The male of a bovine quadruped; Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac; one who nominally buys stock on the speculation of its rising in value.
  39. An edict of the Pope. See Bear.
  40. A ludicrous inconsistency or blunder in speech.
  41. To try dishonestly to enhance the value of shares.
  42. A seal. See Bulla.
  43. The male of the cow kind; in Scrip., a fierce and powerful enemy.
  44. A name at first applied to the seal attached to an edict of the Pope, but now applied to the edict itself; a blunder; in the Stock Exchange, those who try to raise the price of stocks are called bulls, and those who try to lower their price, bears.
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Usage examples for bull

  1. The Old Bull and Bush touch. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  2. All this time I stood in the yard of The Bull beneath an open window. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  3. Like a bull with shut eyes she held dead upon her furious course! – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  4. Standing Bull and his brothers must circle around and come up on the side where the ponies are. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  5. Neither did Bull Run Rapids, a few miles farther down, offer any difficulties. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  6. It is impossible to have a big bull market without plenty of money. – Successful Stock Speculation by John James Butler
  7. He had taken the bull by the horns. – Way of the Lawless by Max Brand
  8. Noll lowered his big head like a bull. – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  9. " Smiler's getting a big fellow and he is as strong as a bull. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  10. If John Bull stands this sort of thing, he must be a poor creature indeed. – Cities of the Dawn by J. Ewing Ritchie
  11. The two men exchanged swift, anxious glances, divining, without consultation, the nature of the danger- a bull, escaped from its chain, rushing towards them. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  12. Is that the fierce bull? – Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light by Vera C. Barclay
  13. Oh, my dear Jean- a bull! – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  14. But Simpson had great faith in the bull. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  15. It was a large white bull, and he guessed its age to be about five or six years. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  16. And again Buffalo Bull thought as he had done before. – Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Unknown
  17. He said to Buffalo Bull, While I walk on a journey, I am in a great hurry. – Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Unknown
  18. The bull turned and charged the cattle behind him. – Dwellers in the Hills by Melville Davisson Post
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