bullet

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

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 also  ˈbə-​ How to pronounce bulleted (audio) \ 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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As ever, the focus will be on the hundreds of thousands of valiant young men from the United States, Britain and Canada who waded off the landing craft onto the Normandy beaches into a hail of German bullets. Sonia Purnell, Twin Cities, "Sonia Purnell: What D-Day teaches us about the difficulty – and importance – of resistance," 6 June 2019 Other critiques of the film point out that the scenes of bullets killing people underwater go against the laws of physics. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019 Toronto has the personnel to bother Curry and Kawhi likely has plenty of bullets left in the chamber. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "How DeMarcus Cousins Helped Flip the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 One of the bullets almost struck the 9 year old and struck Baker in the lower back. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Serial podcast subject Davon Holmes gets 26 years in prison in Cleveland crime spree that included shooting at police, car with children," 3 June 2019 Combat between players doesn't unlock until level 5, thankfully, so the initial moments out of the vault aren't a deluge of experimental bullets. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 Monjazi was in the wheelchair watching the parade when the gunshots erupted and was unable to find shelter from the hail of bullets. Fox News, "Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz," 24 Sep. 2018 There are also a lot of bad guys armed with guns spitting out hundreds of bullets per second who still couldn't hit a barn door with sunshine. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Skyscraper:' Big, dumb and kind of fun, thanks to Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell," 12 July 2018 More than two decades after his death in a hail of bullets, new details are emerging in the murder of Tupac Shakur. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Uncle of Prime Suspect in Tupac's Death Claims to Know Identity of Rapper's Murderer," 3 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
US, sports : a hit or thrown ball or puck that is moving very fast

bullet

noun
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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