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Definitions of bull

  1. To endeavor to raise the market price of; as, to bull railroad bonds; to bull stocks; to bull Lake Shore; to endeavor to raise prices in; as, to bull the market. See 1st Bull, n., 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated a die Incarnationis, i. e., from the day of the Incarnation. See Apostolical brief, under Brief. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A seal. See Bulla. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To try dishonestly to enhance the value of shares. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. advance in price; "stocks were bulling" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. The male of any species of cattle (Bovidae); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. One who operates in expectation of a rise in the price of stocks, or in order to effect such a rise. See 4th Bear, n., 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The male of the species of animals of which the cow is the female; the male of various large animals, as the whale, elephant, etc.; in the stock market, one who endeavors to raise the price of stock; an official order by the Pope; as, a papal bull; a ridiculous contradiction in language. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. The male of the ox kind: a sign of the zodiac. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. An edict of the pope which has his seal affixed. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. A ludicrous blunder in speech. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. The male of cattle; a sealed edict of the Pope; a blunder. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. A dealer who seeks or expects higher prices. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. An official document of the Pope, sealed with a leaden seal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A ridiculous contradiction in terms; a blundering statement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. The male of a bovine quadruped; Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac; one who nominally buys stock on the speculation of its rising in value. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. An edict of the Pope. See Bear. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. A ludicrous inconsistency or blunder in speech. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. The male of the cow kind; in Scrip., a fierce and powerful enemy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. A name at first applied to the seal attached to an edict of the Pope, but now applied to the edict itself; a blunder; in the Stock Exchange, those who try to raise the price of stocks are called bulls, and those who try to lower their price, bears. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. characterized by rising prices; "a bull market" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Denoting largeness of size-used in composition, as bull-trout. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. Of a large size; male. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for bull

  1. The Old Bull and Bush touch. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  2. All this time I stood in the yard of The Bull beneath an open window. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
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