bullet

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

Definition of bullet

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

  2. 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. 3 :  a very fast and accurately thrown or hit object (such as a ball or puck)

bulleted

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Examples of bullet in a Sentence

  1. He was killed by an assassin's bullet.

  2. Bullets were used to separate each item.

  3. The quarterback threw a bullet to the receiver.

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Origin and Etymology of bullet

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



BULLET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bullet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

bullet

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noun bul·let \ˈbu̇-lət\

Definition of bullet for Students

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



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