Meaning of BULL in English

BULL

1. n., adj., & v.

--n.

1. a an uncastrated male bovine animal. b a male of the whale, elephant, and other large animals.

2 (the Bull) the zodiacal sign or constellation Taurus.

3 Brit. the bull's-eye of a target.

4 Stock Exch. a person who buys shares hoping to sell them at a higher price later (cf. BEAR(2)).

--adj. like that of a bull (bull neck).

--v.

1. tr. & intr. act or treat violently.

2 Stock Exch. a intr. speculate for a rise. b tr. raise price of (stocks, etc.).

Phrases and idioms:

bull ant Austral. bulldog ant. bull at a gate a hasty or rash person. bull-fiddle US colloq. a double-bass. bull-horn a megaphone. bull in a china shop a reckless or clumsy person. bull market a market with shares rising in price. bull-nose (or -nosed) with rounded end. bull session US an informal group discussion. bull's-eye

1. the centre of a target.

2 a large hard peppermint-flavoured sweet.

3 a hemisphere or thick disc of glass in a ship's deck or side to admit light.

4 a small circular window.

5 a a hemispherical lens. b a lantern fitted with this.

6 a boss of glass at the centre of a blown glass sheet.

bull-terrier

1. a short-haired dog of a breed that is a cross between a bulldog and a terrier.

2 this breed. take the bull by the horns face danger or challenge boldly.

Derivatives:

bullish adj.

Etymology: ME f. ON boli MLG, MDu bulle 2. n. a papal edict.

Etymology: ME f. OF bulle f. L bulla rounded object, in med.L 'seal' 3. n.1 (also Irish bull) an expression containing a contradiction in terms or implying ludicrous inconsistency.

2 sl. a unnecessary routine tasks or discipline. b nonsense. c trivial or insincere talk or writing. d US a bad blunder (cf. BULLSHIT).

Etymology: 17th c.: orig. unkn.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.