Definition of bullet in English:


Line breaks: bul¦let
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlɪt


  • 1A metal projectile for firing from a rifle, revolver, or other small firearm, typically cylindrical and pointed, and sometimes containing an explosive.
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    • She said authorities also found in the car automatic rifles, bullet cartridges, plastic explosives and other materials.
    • What I didn't know at the time was that these rifles fired bullets of the alkali metal potassium at the rate of three thousand rounds per minute.
    • Among the ammunition were shotgun cartridges and dum-dum bullets.
  • 1.1Used in similes to refer to someone or something that moves very fast: the ball sped across the grass like a bullet
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    • It's moving like a bullet, but it slows down fast; goes from sixty to zero, to reverse the old saying.
    • This report shows an economy that has not only turned around - it's moving forward like a bullet.
    • Lin was right, they didn't move slowly; Penny ran as fast as a bullet across the land just as the sun was beginning to set.
  • 1.2US (In sporting contexts) a very fast ball: all afternoon, he threw bullets at the other team’s batters
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    • Carr, seeing Johnson streaking down the right sideline wide open, threw a low bullet.
    • Against Washington, Johnson threw a bullet pass to the corner, hoping Anderson would be there.
    • He hits bullets to all fields, knocks in runs and is in the race for the batting rifle.
  • 1.3 (the bullet) • informal Dismissal from employment: your record’s bad, but it’s doubtful they’ll give you the bullet
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    • He could just not bring himself to confront an unwanted employee, face to face, and give him the bullet.
    • After about eight months Meggy got the bullet and in October 1984 I was back in charge, this time not as mere caretaker.
    • And listen, between you and me, it's very doubtful they'll give you the bullet.
  • 2 Printing A small symbol used to introduce each item in a list, for emphasis.
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    • Here's a bullet pointed list of how my trip went, because I realize I've been less than linear here.
    • A nice touch is the fact that the character cards are back printed with a sequence of bullets.
    • These bullets lie within the padding or the margin of the list, depending on the browser.


early 16th century (denoting a cannonball): from French boulet, boulette 'small ball', diminutive of boule, from Latin bulla 'bubble'.

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