noun, often attributive
bul·​let | \ ˈbu̇-lət How to pronounce bullet (audio) 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)

Other Words from bullet

bulleted \ ˈbu̇-​lə-​təd How to pronounce bullet (audio) also  ˈbə-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for bullet


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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Terriana has lived with a bullet lodged in her skull for almost a year, Banks, said. Stephanie Casanova, Chicago Tribune, 21 May 2022 Two women were inside the house at the time, and a bullet narrowly missed one of them, a 78-year-old, by mere inches, police said. Rosana Hughes, ajc, 20 May 2022 Selected by Victoria Chang By Lyudmyla Khersonsky, translated by Olga Livshin and Andrew Janco from the Russian Buried in a human neck, a bullet looks like an eye, sewn in, an eye looking back at one’s fate. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Detectives discovered four additional ghost guns in the man’s residence, including a semi-automatic AR-15-style rifle, as well as high-capacity magazines, a bullet proof vest and the machine used for making guns, police said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 That, conveniently, makes the bullet dwarf idea testable. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 18 May 2022 In what many think of as a three-player draft, the Rockets dodged a bullet by getting a top three pick. Matt Young, Chron, 17 May 2022 If that wasn’t traumatic enough, Washington soon also saw the pictures online, on Twitch, of the shooter firing a bullet into a woman’s head, of the N-word inscribed on the shooter’s weapon. Silvia Foster-frau, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 However, the gun contained dummy rounds and at least one lead bullet. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

25 May 2022

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“Bullet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullet. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bullet


bul·​let | \ ˈbu̇-lət How to pronounce bullet (audio) \

Kids Definition of bullet

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

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