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Explanation of bull by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. advance in price

    2. stocks were bulling
    3. speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

    4. try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying

    5. push or force

    6. He bulled through his demands
    1. a serious and ludicrous blunder

    2. he made a bad bull of the assignment
    3. mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'

    4. uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle

    5. obscene words for unacceptable behavior

    6. I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk
      what he said was mostly bull
    7. a formal proclamation issued by the pope ( usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla )

    8. the center of a target

    9. the second sign of the zodiac

    10. a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus

    11. a large and strong and heavyset man

    12. he was a bull of a man
    13. an investor with an optimistic market outlook

    14. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman

    Definition of bull by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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 ( Bovidæ ); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale.

      ☞ 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. ) Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac. 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.

      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.

      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.

    2. 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 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.

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

    4. 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.

    5. 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 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.