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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bull /ˈbʊl, ˈbʌl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bull n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bull, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
          crap, dogshit]
      4: a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the
      5: uncomplimentary terms for a policeman [syn: cop, copper,
          fuzz, pig]
      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
         [syn: 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"