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[n] a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"
[n] mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
[n] uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
[n] unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements); "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
[n] a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
[n] the center of a target
[n] the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
[n] (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
[n] a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got"
[n] an investor with an optimistic market outlook
[n] (informal) uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
[v] advance in price, as of stocks
[v] talk through one's hat; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
[v] try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
[v] push or force; "He bulled through his demands"

Antonyms

bear

Misc. Definitions

\Bull\, n. [OE. bule, bul, bole; akin to D. bul, G. bulle, Icel. boli, Lith. bullus, Lett. bollis, Russ. vol'; prob. fr. the root of AS. bellan, E. bellow.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The male of any species of cattle ({Bovid[ae]}); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale. Note: The wild bull of the Old Testament is thought to be the oryx, a large species of antelope.
2. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action. --Ps. xxii. 1
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3. (Astron.) (a) Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac. (b) A constellation of the zodiac between Aries and Gemini. It contains the Pleiades. At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun, And the bright Bull receives him. --Thomson.
4. (Stock Exchange) One who operates in expectation of a rise in the price of stocks, or in order to effect such a rise. See 4th {Bear}, n.,
5. {Bull baiting}, the practice of baiting bulls, or rendering them furious, as by setting dogs to attack them. {John Bull}, a humorous name for the English, collectively; also, an Englishman. ``Good-looking young John Bull.'' --W. D.Howells. {To take the bull by the horns}, to grapple with a difficulty instead of avoiding it.
\Bull\, a. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce. {Bull bat} (Zo["o]l.), the night hawk; -- so called from the loud noise it makes while feeding on the wing, in the evening. {Bull calf}. (a) A stupid fellow. {Bull mackerel} (Zo["o]l.), the chub mackerel. {Bull pump} (Mining), a direct single-acting pumping engine, in which the steam cylinder is placed above the pump. {Bull snake} (Zo["o]l.), the pine snake of the United States. {Bull stag}, a castrated bull. See {Stag}. {Bull wheel}, a wheel, or drum, on which a rope is wound for lifting heavy articles, as logs, the tools in well boring, etc.
\Bull\, v. i. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do. [Colloq.]
\Bull\, v. t. (Stock Exchange) To endeavor to raise the market price of; as, to bull railroad bonds; to bull stocks; to bull Lake Shore; to endeavor to raise prices in; as, to bull the market. See 1st {Bull}, n.,
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\Bull\, n. [OE. bulle, fr. L. bulla bubble, stud, knob, LL., a seal or stamp: cf. F. bulle. Cf. {Bull} a writing, {Bowl} a ball, {Boil}, v. i.]
1. A seal. See {Bulla}.
2. A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated ``a die Incarnationis,'' i. e., ``from the day of the Incarnation.'' See Apostolical brief, under {Brief}. A fresh bull of Leo's had declared how inflexible the court of Rome was in the point of abuses. --Atterbury.
3. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression; so called, perhaps, from the apparent incongruity between the dictatorial nature of the pope's bulls and his professions of humility. And whereas the papist boasts himself to be a Roman Catholic, it is a mere contradiction, one of the pope's bulls, as if he should say universal particular; a Catholic schimatic. --Milton. {The Golden Bull}, an edict or imperial constitution made by the emperor Charles IV. (1356), containing what became the fundamental law of the German empire; -- so called from its golden seal. Syn: See {Blunder}.

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