The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

1 definition found
 for Bull baiting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bull \Bull\, n. [OE. bule, bul, bole; akin to D. bul, G. bulle,
     Icel. boli, Lith. bullus, Lett. bollis, Russ. vol'; prob. fr.
     the root of AS. bellan, E. bellow.]
     1. (Zool.) The male of any species of cattle ({Bovid[ae]);
        hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant;
        also, the male of the whale.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: The wild bull of the Old Testament is thought to be the
           oryx, a large species of antelope.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or
        action. --Ps. xxii. 12.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Astron.)
        (a) Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
        (b) A constellation of the zodiac between Aries and
            Gemini. It contains the Pleiades.
            [1913 Webster]
                  At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun,
                  And the bright Bull receives him. --Thomson.
            [1913 Webster]
     4. (Stock Exchange) 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.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. a ludicrously false statement; nonsense. Also used as an
        expletive. [vulgar]
     Syn: bullshit, Irish bull, horseshit, shit, crap, crapola,
          bunk, bunkum, buncombe, guff, nonsense, rot, tommyrot,
          balderdash, hogwash, dogshit.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     Bull baiting, the practice of baiting bulls, or rendering
        them furious, as by setting dogs to attack them.
     John Bull, a humorous name for the English, collectively;
        also, an Englishman. "Good-looking young John Bull." --W.
     To take the bull by the horns, to grapple with a difficulty
        instead of avoiding it.
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229