Meaning of BULL in English
1. n., adj., & v.
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).
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.
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.
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. 2012