bullet point


Definition of bullet point 

: an item in a list that has a large dot in front of it to signify its importance broadly : any point or statement given special emphasis (as in a speech)

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The ingredients are all visible, one after another, like bullet points on a to-do list: tofu, green vegetables, quinoa, some kind of obscure seeds. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 But nestled in the document was a short bullet point that addresses a long-running concern of U.S. veterans groups: the recovery of the remains of thousands of American troops who were killed or captured in North Korea during the Korean War. John Hudson, Washington Post, "POW deal with North Korea followed strong lobbying by Defense Department: ‘It’s a humanitarian issue’," 12 June 2018 Sometimes, re-ordering bullet points and other minor editing is enough to entice a company to contact a candidate. Pattie Hunt Sinacole, BostonGlobe.com, "How many different resumes should you have?," 14 July 2018 Instead of turning in a 25-paragraph essay, for instance, Emily might be asked to prepare a paper with 25 bullet points in full sentences. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "'The choice should be there.' More colleges enroll students with intellectual disabilities," 25 June 2018 Preparing for a meeting that would change the course of the Cold War, Nixon distilled history, politics and strategy into a handful of bullet points: What did China want? Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Nixon Did It. Why Not Trump? Crib Notes for a Presidential Summit," 11 June 2018 Shortly after Purdue was sworn in in April 2017, the National Council of Agricultural Employers presented him with three pages of bullet points outlining the actions the administration could take, absent legislation. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Trump administration pushes changes to farmworker visa," 15 June 2018 Four bullet points laid out goals of future talks without specifying the immediate steps either side had to take. Time, "Kim Jong Un Vows Major Change at U.S.-North Korea Summit," 12 June 2018 And oh, the Wildcats second-year coach had a list of bullet points at his disposal. Matthew Stevens, The Courier-Journal, "Nick Mingione thinks 'key victories' should earn UK baseball NCAA bid," 27 May 2018

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bullet point was in 1983

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English Language Learners Definition of bullet point

: an item in a list that has a large dot (called a bullet) in front of it to show that it is important

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