bullet

noun, often attributive
bul·​let | \ˈbu̇-lət also ˈbə- \

Definition of bullet 

1 : a round or elongated missile (as of lead) to be fired from a firearm broadly : cartridge sense 1a

2a : something resembling a bullet (as in curved form)

b : a large dot placed in printed matter to call attention to a particular passage

3 : a very fast and accurately thrown or hit object (such as a ball or puck)

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Other Words from bullet

bulleted \-​lə-​təd \ adjective

Synonyms for bullet

Synonyms

ball, pellet

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Examples of bullet in a Sentence

He was killed by an assassin's bullet. Bullets were used to separate each item. The quarterback threw a bullet to the receiver.
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One or more people threw rocks at Border Patrol agents, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 It’s hard to do much of anything with bullets whizzing by. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 3: in search of friends and fun," 20 Nov. 2018 Textorcist apparently blends bullet-hell with a typing game, a la Typing of the Dead. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The mini "PC Classic" starts crowdfunding, Command & Conquer remasters," 16 Nov. 2018 That's an easy trap to fall into—a bullet-point sorting of tweaks, features, and differences—and one that gets pretty unwieldy with decades of Tetris games to compare to. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 As if new MatteTrance bullets wouldn't provide enough lipstick satisfaction, Pat McGrath Labs is launching an entirely new kind of lipstick called BlitzTrance. Marci Robin, Allure, "Pat McGrath Labs' Holiday Collection Features Three New Eye Palettes and a New Lipstick in Eight Shades," 13 Oct. 2018 Joseph Sakran was standing on a playground when the bullet pierced his throat. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Shot in the neck at 17, this is the trauma surgeon now leading doctors against gun violence and NRA," 14 Nov. 2018 The number refers to the diameter of the bullet, which also corresponds to .22 inches. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Chose a New Bullet for Its New Rifles," 9 Oct. 2018 Leinonen attended the trial of Noor Salman, Mateen's widow, in hopes of learning new information about her son's death, but her questions about the bullets that killed her son weren't brought up during the proceedings. Shannon Butler And Jason Kelly, ajc, "Pulse shooting victim's mother pressing for FBI ballistics report," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of bullet

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bullet

Middle French boulette small ball & boulet missile, diminutives of boule ball — more at bowl

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bullet

noun

Financial Definition of bullet

What It Is

Bullet is usually short for bullet payment, which is typically a large payment made near the end of a loan that does not amortize over time.

How It Works

Unlike a loan whose total cost (interest and principal) is amortized – that is, paid incrementally during the life of the loan -- a bullet loan's principal is paid in one sum at the end of the term. That sum is called the bullet. Sometimes the interest is collected as part of the bullet payment as well, though in many cases the loan is interest-only during the term of the loan with only the outstanding principal due at the end.

Suppose someone takes out a loan for $1,000 that must be repaid in one year at an interest rate of 10% compounded annually. If the loan has a bullet, this person would have to pay $1,100 ($1,000 in principal plus $100 in interest) in one payment at the end of one year.

Why It Matters

Loans with bullets have the advantage of not having to immediately begin paying back the loan. This can be preferable for companies that do not anticipate having enough cash flow in the near future. The borrower must, however, be prepared to repay the principal and interest in its entirety at the end of the term.

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bullet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bullet

: a small piece of metal or another material that is shot out of a gun

: a large dot in a document, book, etc., that brings attention to separate pieces of information in a list

sports : a hit or thrown ball or puck that is moving very fast

bullet

noun
bul·​let | \ˈbu̇-lət \

Kids Definition of bullet

: a small piece of metal made to be shot from a firearm

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