bull


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bull \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. (Zool.) 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.
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   Note: The wild bull of the Old Testament is thought to be the
         oryx, a large species of antelope.
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   2. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or
      action. --Ps. xxii. 12.
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   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.
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                At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun,
                And the bright Bull receives him. --Thomson.
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   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.
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   5. a ludicrously false statement; nonsense. Also used as an
      expletive. [vulgar]

   Syn: bullshit, Irish bull, horseshit, shit, crap, crapola,
        bunk, bunkum, buncombe, guff, nonsense, rot, tommyrot,
        balderdash, hogwash, dogshit.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bull \Bull\, a.
   Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large;
   fierce.
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   Bull bat (Zool.), the night hawk; -- so called from the
      loud noise it makes while feeding on the wing, in the
      evening.

   Bull calf.
   (a) A stupid fellow.

   Bull mackerel (Zool.), the chub mackerel.

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

   Bull snake (Zool.), 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,
      etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bull \Bull\, v. i.
   To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bull \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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bull \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.
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   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 Brief.
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            A fresh bull of Leo's had declared how inflexible
            the court of Rome was in the point of abuses.
                                                  --Atterbury.
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   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.
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            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.
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   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.
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   Syn: See Blunder.
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