What does bullet mean?

Definitions for bullet
ˈbʊl ɪtbul·let

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bullet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bullet, slugnoun

    a projectile that is fired from a gun

  2. bullet train, bulletnoun

    a high-speed passenger train

  3. fastball, heater, smoke, hummer, bulletnoun

    (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity

    "he swung late on the fastball"; "he showed batters nothing but smoke"


  1. bulletnoun

    A projectile, usually of metal, shot from a gun at high speed.

  2. bulletnoun

    Ammunition for a sling or slingshot which has been manufactured for such use.

  3. bulletnoun

    A printed symbol in the form of a solid circle, (), often used for marking items in a list. (see also bulleted)

  4. bulletnoun

    An entire round of unfired ammunition for a firearm, including the projectile, the cartridge casing, the propellant charge, etc.

  5. bulletnoun

    A large scheduled repayment of the principal of a loan; a balloon payment.

  6. bulletnoun

    A rejection letter, as for employment, admission to a school or a competition.

    John's not going to any of his top schools; he got a bullet from the last of them yesterday.

  7. bulletnoun

    One year of prison time

  8. bulletnoun

    An ace (the playing card).

  9. bulletnoun

    Anything that is projected extremely fast.

  10. bulletverb

    To draw attention to (text) by, or as if by, placing a graphic bullet in front of it.

  11. bulletverb

    To speed, like a bullet.

    Their debut started slow, but bulleted to number six in its fourth week.

  12. bulletverb

    To make a shot, especially with great speed.

    He bulleted a header for his first score of the season.

  13. bulletnoun

    Very fast .

  14. Etymology: From boulette.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bulletnoun

    A round ball of metal, usually shot out of guns.

    Etymology: boulet, Fr.

    As when the devilish ironengine wrought
    In deepest hell, and fram’d by furies skill,
    With windy nitre and quick sulphur fraught,
    And ramm’d with bullet round, ordain’d to kill. Fairy Q. b. i.

    Giaffer, their leader, desperately fighting amongst the foremost of the janizaries, was at once shot with two bullets, and slain. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    And as the built, so different is the fight;
    Their mounting shot is on our sails design’d:
    Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light,
    And through the yielding planks a passage find. Dryden.


  1. Bullet

    A bullet is a kinetic projectile, a component of firearm ammunition that is shot from a gun barrel. They are made of a variety of materials, such as copper, lead, steel, polymer, rubber and even wax; and are made in various shapes and constructions (depending on the intended applications), including specialized functions such as hunting, target shooting, training and combat. Bullets are often tapered, making them more aerodynamic. Bullet size is expressed by weight and diameter (referred to as "caliber") in both imperial and metric measurement systems. Bullets do not normally contain explosives but strike or damage the intended target by transferring kinetic energy upon impact and penetration.


  1. bullet

    A bullet is a small projectile, often made of metal, that is fired from a firearm or other weapon. It is designed to pierce or impact a target upon being shot. Bullets typically have a cylindrical or conical shape, with the pointed end intended to hit the target first. The size, shape and material of a bullet can vary widely depending on the specific type of firearm and its intended use. They are a crucial component of ammunition in military, recreational, or self-defense contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bulletnoun

    a small ball

  2. Bulletnoun

    a missile, usually of lead, and round or elongated in form, to be discharged from a rifle, musket, pistol, or other small firearm

  3. Bulletnoun

    a cannon ball

  4. Bulletnoun

    the fetlock of a horse


  1. Bullet

    A bullet is a projectile propelled by a firearm, sling, or air gun. Bullets do not normally contain explosives, but damage the intended target by impact and penetration. The word "bullet" is sometimes colloquially used to refer to ammunition in general, or to a cartridge, which is a combination of the bullet, case/shell, powder, and primer. This use of 'bullet' when 'cartridge' is intended, leads to confusion when the components of a cartridge are discussed or intended. See the reference section for more detail.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bullet

    bool′et, n. the projectile of lead or other metal discharged from any kind of small-arm: a plumb or sinker in fishing.—n. Bull′et-head, a head round like a bullet: (U.S.) an obstinate fellow.—adjs. Bull′et-head′ed; Bull′et-proof, proof against bullets. [Fr. boulet, dim. of boule, a ball—L. bulla. See Bull, an edict.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bullet' in Nouns Frequency: #2599

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bullet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bullet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of bullet in a Sentence

  1. Lori Andrus:

    We [Andrus' San Francisco-based firm] sued the makers of Magic Bullet, a year ago, for the same suit. We settled the suit, and got them to add the warnings to their manuals. 8 MILLION CUISINART FOOD PROCESSORS RECALLED AMID REPORTS OF BROKEN BLADES I suspect that since they [NutriBullet] are a common defendant they’ve starting adding the same warnings.

  2. Tim Johnson:

    Something has to be done. There's not enough regulation. There's not enough action taken by our politicians, we may have dodged a bullet with our daughter.

  3. Mickey Rourke:

    I mean, look, they have enough money where they could have gotten on a private plane and got the f--- out of there, and [when] I hear them talk, they're not frightened, they're angry and they're gonna, they'll take a bullet. It's written all over their faces.

  4. Mahmood Nazeer:

    I was just praying to God and hoping our God, please, let this guy stop, the firing went on and on. One person with us had a bullet in her arm. When the firing stopped, I looked over the fence, there was one guy, changing his gun.

  5. Charles Basch:

    There's not just one thing that's going to be a magic bullet.

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