There are 3 definitions of bull in English:

bull1

Syllabification: bull
Pronunciation: /bo͝ol
 
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noun

1An uncastrated male bovine animal: [as modifier]: bull calves
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  • There were no calving problems except with one set of twins (a bull and heifer calf).
  • Bulls occasionally fight bulls, but never the milk cow.
  • It included 300 horses, 2,000 cattle, 12,000 sheep, 12 bulls and 90 brood mares.
1.1A large male animal, especially a whale or elephant.
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  • Flanked by dunes and beaches, Ano Nuevo Point is the winter home for thousands of northern elephant seals, with bulls staging dramatic fights for breeding rights.
  • But only 800 of India's 20,000 elephants are bulls now.
  • As the saying goes, when elephant bulls fight, it is the grass that suffers.
1.2 (the Bull) The zodiacal sign or constellation Taurus.
2 Stock Market A person who buys shares hoping to sell them at a higher price later. Often contrasted with bear2.
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  • The key to capturing those returns: Approach the stock market as a bull but without expecting the wild growth that used to power your portfolio.
  • We do not share the hopes or convictions of the bulls.
  • If bulls push prices up during the day but cannot achieve a close near the top of the range, stochastic turns down and a sell signal is issued.

adjective

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(Of a part of the body, especially the neck) resembling the corresponding part of a male bovine animal in build and strength: his bull neck and broad shoulders
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  • He is 33, a short, stocky man with a bull neck, a round head, and a freshly scrubbed demeanor.
  • Reid has slimmed down from his 255-pound playing weight, but at 6 feet 3 inches he still has the bull neck and massive thighs of a National Football League defensive tackle.

verb

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1 [with object] Push or drive powerfully or violently: he bulled the motorcycle clear of the tunnel [no object]: he was bulling his way through a mob of admirers
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  • I knew the woods well enough that I took the lead, and Jeff bulled along after me through the underbrush, the two of us moving from toy to fallen toy with no other consideration in the world.
  • The true choice then is to bull ahead or else to abort.
  • Mara was there in a flash, bulling courtiers and servants alike out of the way.
2 [no object] (be bulling) (Of a cow) behave in a manner characteristic of being in heat.
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  • Cows are coming back bulling as they should and are showing very strong heats, he said.
  • The older weanlings are ideal for bulling in late spring when they are about 18 months old.
  • Epp et al. collected blood samples from steers at feedlot arrival and at the onset of bulling behavior to assess circulating hormone concentrations.

Origin

late Old English bula (recorded in place names), from Old Norse boli. Compare with bullock.

Phrases

like a bull in a china shop

Behaving recklessly and clumsily in a place or situation where one is likely to cause damage or injury.
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  • Smillie, topping the bill for the first time in his 15th pro fight, must have been tempted to go off like a bull in a china shop as another full house roared him forward.
  • We are not going about this like a bull in a china shop.
  • Adam snapped back, ‘Look, there's no point going at this like a bull in a china shop.’

(like) a red rag to a bull

see red.

take the bull by the horns

Deal bravely and decisively with a difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant situation.
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  • If your money problems are pushing you towards the edge of financial disaster, now's the time to take the bull by the horns and deal with them.
  • One school in Minnesota really took the bull by the horns.
  • He said: ‘I'd always wanted to do sign writing and one day I took the bull by the horns and did it.’

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There are 3 definitions of bull in English:

bull2

Syllabification: bull
Pronunciation: /bo͝ol
 
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noun

A papal edict.
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  • Taking no chances, the pope issued a papal bull automatically excommunicating any printer who might make an alteration in the text.
  • In mid-1349, Pope Clement VI issued a papal bull denouncing the flagellants as a heretical movement.
  • Witches were also put on trial, following a papal bull against witchcraft issued in 1484.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French bulle, from Latin bulla 'bubble, rounded object' (in medieval Latin 'seal or sealed document').

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There are 3 definitions of bull in English:

bull3

Syllabification: bull
Pronunciation: /bo͝ol
 
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noun

informal
Stupid or untrue talk or writing; nonsense: much of what he says is sheer bull
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  • He went there, had a little bit of a photo-op, made a little bit of a quip that he thought that he had seen a lot of bull in Washington, but he certainly was seeing a lot more there.
  • Do you think astrology is totally cool or complete bull?
  • But now we know that was all bull, and so I now believe I was wrong.

Origin

early 17th century: of unknown origin.

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