bull /ˈbʊl, ˈbʌl/
1. Zool. The male of any species of cattle (Bovidæ); 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.
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; fierce.
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.
Bull, v. i. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do. [Colloq.]
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.
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 Brief.
A fresh bull of Leo's had declared how inflexible the court of Rome was in the point of abuses. --Atterbury.
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.
n 1: uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
2: 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" [syn: bruiser, strapper, Samson]
3: obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a
lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly
bull" [syn: bullshit, Irish bull, horseshit, shit,
4: a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the
5: uncomplimentary terms for a policeman [syn: cop, copper,
6: an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor
who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale
later [ant: bear]
7: (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
8: the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from
about April 20 to May 20 [syn: Taurus, Taurus the Bull]
9: the center of a target [syn: bull's eye]
10: a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in
antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
[syn: papal bull]
11: mature male of various mammals of which the female is called
`cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
v 1: push or force; "He bulled through his demands" [syn: bull
2: try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
3: talk through one's hat; "The politician was not well
prepared for the debate and faked it" [syn: bullshit, fake]
4: advance in price; "stocks were bulling"