Definition of bullseye in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlzʌɪ/


1The centre of the target in sports such as archery, shooting, and darts.
Example sentences
  • All the targets have 10 concentric rings with different points values, the inner ring being the bullseye and normally worth 10 points.
  • I've pretty much given up on trying to hit the bullseye on my target, so I now just try to hit the paper of the guy in the lane next to me, thereby making him think that he has a really lousy shot.
  • John Mooring checked bullseye for 21 darts, while Jack White included a maximum score as did Mark Hartley to game in 20.
1.1A shot that hits the bullseye in sports such as archery, shooting, and darts.
Example sentences
  • Planer had been in fifth position when he was credited with a final-shot bullseye, his best shot of the finals.
  • Up against world class competitors, he struck gold in the FITA Indoor category, shooting a personal best score of 57 bullseyes out of 60 shots to leave his rivals in his wake.
  • ‘All your shots should be bullseyes,’ Lawrence laughed.
1.2Used to refer to something that achieves exactly the intended effect: the silence told him he’d scored a bullseye
More example sentences
  • The retail sector in Swindon looks to have scored a bullseye during the January sales.
  • Sale's Barry Bowman hit the bullseye in the Mersey Junior Championship at Withington where he carded a 67 off his 18 handicap.
  • He may have struggled to middle the ball in the early part of his innings yesterday, but he hit the bullseye almost every time this morning as he darted to his 180.
2A large, hard round peppermint sweet.
Example sentences
  • My lifelong enthusiasm for cheap sweets stems, I fancy, from the fact that, when I was in rompers, our allowance was only about four ounces of bullseyes and gobstoppers a week.
  • Favourite sweets of past times, such as humbugs and bullseyes, are produced this way.
  • Many a good black and white bullseye was temporarily ruined by the melting sweet sticking to the paper.
3 dated A thick disc of glass forming a small window in a ship or the glass of a lamp: [as modifier]: a bullseye lantern
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  • The bull's-eye lantern has a convex lens which concentrates the light and allows it to be thrown in the shape of a diverging cone.
  • At certain places there were thick bull's-eye windows, by means of which the under-water travelers could look out into the ocean through which they were moving.
  • The bullseye lamp was a hand lamp used by officers and men working in magazines, or aa general purposed hand lamp.
3.1A thick knob of glass at the centre of a blown glass sheet.
Example sentences
  • At the center of a piece of crown glass, a thick remnant of the original blown bottle neck would remain, hence the name ‘bullseye’.
  • In addition, the company makes hand-blown crown bullions, large panes with a raised bull's-eye in the middle.
  • Rather than go to waste, bull's-eyes might be set in transoms, but never used in even the poorest window.

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