Bull

Definition of Bull

n.1.(Zool.) The male of any species of cattle (Bovidæ); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale.
2.One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action.
3.(Astron.) Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
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.
5.a ludicrously false statement; nonsense. Also used as an expletive.
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.
To take the bull by the horns
to grapple with a difficulty instead of avoiding it.
- W. D.Howells.
a.1.Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce.
Bull bat
(Zool.) 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
(Zool.) the chub mackerel.
Bull pump
(Mining) a direct single-acting pumping engine, in which the steam cylinder is placed above the pump.
Bull snake
(Zool.) 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.
v. i.1.To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
v. t.1.(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., 4.
n.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.

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