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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Michael Patterson, 38, has been living with a bullet lodged in his back for two decades. USA Today, "Surgery for a child, car loan, electric bills: We asked Americans how they’d spend $1,400 stimulus checks, and this is what they told us," 25 Feb. 2021 On May 30, 2020, journalist Sarah Belle Lin was in Oakland documenting a protest of the murder of George Floyd, when she was unlawfully shot with a rubber bullet and seriously injured by a Richmond, California police officer. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Reporter shot by police in California files lawsuit," 24 Feb. 2021 New York State Police Captain Brian Webster says his troopers responded to a call and found a dead man with a bullet in his head. Tracy Smith, CBS News, "Federal judge whose son was killed in ambush: "My son's death cannot be in vain"," 20 Feb. 2021 As one of the officers approached him, the man turned around and opened fire, missing the officer but striking a police vehicle with a bullet, according to police. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, "A Baltimore police officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect Wednesday night, police said," 18 Feb. 2021 Keith Young watched the mob riot inside the U.S. Capitol building, thinking back to the pain in his chest after police shot him with a rubber bullet this summer in downtown Huntsville. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "‘Completely different reality’: Alabama racial justice protesters react to police response in Capitol," 9 Jan. 2021 In the protests following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Deshann Sanchez was tear gassed in the face by law enforcement and struck in the leg with a rubber bullet. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, "Veterans of George Floyd protests say police restraint is reserved for white people," 8 Jan. 2021 One protester participating in the suit alleges she was shot in the chest with a rubber bullet, piercing her skin. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Detroit is countersuing Black Lives Matter protesters for 'civil conspiracy'," 22 Dec. 2020 Police said the man was struck in the upper body and one officer was grazed with a bullet. Washington Post, "Veteran Fairfax County police officers involved in shooting of armed man," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Bullet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullet. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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


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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