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Bulgarian Catholic Church
      an Eastern Catholic church of the Byzantine rite, in communion with Rome since 1859.       Christians since 864, the Bulgarians were conquered by the ...
Bulgarian Horrors
Atrocities committed by the Ottoman empire in subduing the Bulgarian rebellion of 1876. The name was used by William E. Gladstone in his pamphlet publicizing the incident. About ...
Bulgarian language
South Slavic language spoken by about nine million people in Bulgaria and enclaves in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Turkey. Closely related is Macedonian, spoken by two to ...
Bulgarian literature
      body of writings in the Bulgarian language. Its origin is closely linked to Christianization of the Slavs beginning with Khan (Tsar) Boris I's (Boris I) adoption in ...
Bulgarian Orthodox Church
      one of the national churches of the Eastern Orthodox communion.       Christianity was introduced to Bulgaria in 864 by Khan (Tsar) Boris I with an ...
Bulgaris, Eugenius
▪ Greek theologian born Aug. 10/11, 1716, Corfu, Greece died , probably June 10, 1806, St. Petersburg, Russia       Greek Orthodox theologian and liberal arts scholar ...
▪ Italian jurist born before 1100 died , on or before Jan. 1, 1167, Bologna, Italy       jurist, most renowned of the famous “four doctors” of the law school at the ...
—bulgingly, adv. /bulj/, n., v., bulged, bulging. n. 1. a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part; protuberance; hump: a bulge in a wall. 2. any sudden increase, as of ...
/bulj/, n. Battle of the, the final major German counteroffensive in World War II, begun December 16, 1944, and thrusting deep into Allied territory in N and E Belgium: repulsed ...
Bulge, Battle of the
(Dec. 16, 1944–Jan. 16, 1945) In World War II, the last German offensive on the Western Front, an unsuccessful attempt to divide the Allied forces and prevent an invasion of ...
/bul"jeuhr/, n. Golf. a wood having a convex face, now rarely used. [1825-35; BULGE + -ER1] * * *
See bulge. * * *
▪ geology       in geology, mass movement of rock material caused by loading by natural or artificial means of soft rock strata that crop out in valley walls. Such ...
/bul"geuhr, bool"-/, n. a form of wheat that has been parboiled, cracked, and dried. [1925-30; < Turk ( < Ar burghul, burghul) < Pers] * * *
bulgur (wheat)
bulgur (wheat) or bulgur [bool′gər, bul′gər] n. 〚Turk〛 wheat that has been cooked, dried, and coarsely ground: used to make tabbouleh or, sometimes, pilaf or couscous * ...
—bulginess, n. /bul"jee/, adj., bulgier, bulgiest. tending to bulge; having a bulge: a bulgy envelope. [1840-50; BULGE + -Y1] * * *
Buli style
African wood sculpture made by the Luba people in the village of Buli, Congo (Zaire). The most typical examples are statues of ancestor figures and stools with seats supported ...
—bulimarexic, adj., n. /byooh lim'euh rek"see euh, -lee'meuh-, booh-, beuh-/, n. Psychiatry. a syndrome in which the symptoms of both bulimia and anorexia nervosa are present, ...
See bulimarexia. * * *
/byooh lim"ee euh, -lee"mee euh, booh-, beuh-/, n. 1. Also called hyperphagia. Pathol. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger. 2. Also called binge-purge ...
bulimia nervosa
▪ eating disorder or  bulimia        eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by inappropriate attempts to compensate for the binge, such as ...
bulimia ner·vo·sa (nûr-vōʹsə) n. See bulimia.   [New Latin būlīmia nervōsa: būlīmia, bulimia + nervōsa, feminine of nervōsus, nervous.] * * *
/byooh lim"ik, -lee"mik, booh-, beuh-/, adj. 1. pertaining to, resembling, or affected by bulimia. n. 2. a person suffering from bulimia. Also, bulimiac /byooh lim"ee ak', ...
bulk1 /bulk/, n. 1. magnitude in three dimensions: a ship of great bulk. 2. the greater part; main mass or body: The bulk of the debt was paid. 3. goods or cargo not in packages ...
bulk carrier
a single-decked ship designed to carry dry cargoes, as grain or coal, in bulk form. [1955-60] * * *
bulk mail
a category of mail for mailing large numbers of identical printed items to individual addressees at less than first-class rates, as circulars or bulletins. * * *
bulk modulus
Physics. a coefficient of elasticity of a substance, expressing the ratio between a pressure that acts to change the volume of the substance and the fractional change in volume ...
/bulk"mayl'/, v.t. to mail as bulk mail. * * *
Bulkeley, Richard
▪ British statesman born Dec. 26, 1717, Dublin, Ire. died Dec. 7, 1800, Halifax, Nova Scotia       British statesman who exercised power in Nova Scotia for 52 ...
/bul"keuhr/, Naut.Informal. See BULK CARRIER. [1875-80; BULK + -ER1] * * *
—bulkheaded, adj. /bulk"hed'/, n. 1. Naut. any of various wall-like constructions inside a vessel, as for forming watertight compartments, subdividing space, or strengthening ...
bulkhead deck
Naut. the uppermost continuous deck in the hull of a vessel, forming watertight compartments with the main transverse bulkheads. * * *
/bulk"hed'ing/, n. the construction of bulkheads; bulkheads in general. [BULKHEAD + -ING1] * * *
See bulky. * * *
See bulkily. * * *
—bulkily, adv. —bulkiness, n. /bul"kee/, adj., bulkier, bulkiest. 1. of relatively large and cumbersome bulk or size. 2. (of a fabric or yarn) thick; lofty. 3. (of a garment) ...
bull1 —bull-like, adj. /bool/, n. 1. the male of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction. 2. the male of certain other ...
/bool/, n. John. See John Bull. /boohl/, n. Ole (Bornemann) /oh"leuh bordd"neuh mahn'/, 1810-80, Norwegian violinist and composer. * * * (as used in expressions) bull ...
bull ant.
See bulldog ant. [1895-1900] * * *
bull bay
1. See evergreen magnolia. 2. See red bay. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
bull block
Metalworking. a machine for drawing wire in which the wire is pulled through the dies by a power-operated drum. * * *
bull chain
Lumbering. a chain for dragging logs to a sawmill. Also called jack ladder. * * *
bull cult
      prehistoric religious practice that originated in the eastern Aegean Sea and extended from the Indus Valley of Pakistan to the Danube River in eastern Europe. The ...
bull dust
Australian Slang. nonsense; bull. [1940-45] * * *
bull dyke
Slang (disparaging). a lesbian who is notably masculine or assertive in manner or appearance. [1925-30] * * *
bull fiddle
☆ bull fiddle n. Informal DOUBLE BASS * * *
bull fiddle.
—bull fiddler. Informal. See double bass. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
bull float
a machine for giving the final surfacing to an area of concrete, as on a road. * * *
bull gear
Mach. See bull wheel. * * *
bull gun
a target rifle with a heavy barrel. * * *
bull header
Masonry. 1. Also called bullnose header. a brick having one of the edges across its width rounded for laying as a header in a sill or the like. 2. a brick laid on edge as a ...
bull market
n a situation at the stock exchange in which the prices of shares are rising and people known as bulls buy shares in order to make a profit by selling them later at a higher ...
bull mastiff
bull mastiff n. a very strong, active breed of dog produced by crossing mastiffs and bulldogs * * *
Bull Moose
a member of the Progressive Party under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt. Also called Bull Mooser /mooh"seuhr/. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
Bull Moose Party
U.S. dissident political party that nominated former president Theodore Roosevelt for the presidency in 1912. Formed by Sen. Robert La Follette in 1911 as the National ...
bull nose
1. Vet. Pathol. a disease of swine caused by bacterial infection of the tissues of the snout causing gross malformation and frequently serious blocking of the nasal passages. 2. ...
bull of the woods
the foreman of a logging operation. [1915-20] * * *
bull pen
1. Baseball. a. a place where relief pitchers warm up during a game. b. the relief pitchers on a team. 2. Informal. a. a large cell or room, usually next to the courtroom, where ...
bull riding
a rodeo event in which a contestant tries to ride a bucking bull for eight seconds, with one hand holding a rope tied to a band around the bull's chest. * * *  rodeo event in ...
Bull Ring
a large shopping centre in Birmingham, England. It was first built in the 1960s on an old market where bulls used to be sold. For some people it represents a mistake of ...
bull rope
Naut. any of various ropes for holding objects to prevent them from rubbing against or striking other objects. [1880-85] * * *
Bull Run
a creek in NE Virginia: two important battles of the Civil War were fought near here, 1861 and 1862, both resulting in defeat for the Union forces. See map under Antietam. * * *
Bull Run, Battles of
Two engagements of the American Civil War fought at a stream near Manassas, Va. The first battle (also called First Manassas) was fought on July 21, 1861, between 37,000 Union ...
bull session
Informal. an informal, spontaneous discussion. [1915-20] * * *
bull shark
a requiem shark, Carcharhinus leucas, inhabiting shallow waters from North Carolina to Brazil. Also called cub shark. * * *       species belonging to the Carcharhinidae. ...
bull snake
      North American constrictor snake of the family Colubridae. These snakes are called bull snakes over much of their range; however, in the western United States they ...
bull stretcher
Masonry. 1. Also called bullnose stretcher. a brick having one of the edges along its length rounded for laying as a stretcher in a sill or the like. 2. a brick laid on edge as a ...
bull terrier
n. one of an English breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs having a white, brindled, or tan and white coat, produced by crossing the bulldog and the terrier. Also, ...
bull thistle
a tall, spiny thistle, Cirsium vulgare, having heads of pink to purple flowers: a common weed in North America. [1860-65] * * *
bull tongue
a plow having a vertical moldboard, used in cultivating cotton. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
bull trout.
See Dolly Varden. [1645-55] * * *
bull wheel
Mach. any large driving gear among smaller gears. Also called bull gear. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
bull's nose
bullnose (def. 1). [1835-45] * * *
—bull's-eyed, adj. /boolz"uy'/, n., pl. bull's-eyes. 1. the circular spot, usually black or outlined in black, at the center of a target marked with concentric circles and used ...
bull's-eye mirror
a circular, convex, ornamental mirror. * * *
bull's-eye rot
Plant Pathol. a disease of apples and pears, characterized by sunken, eyelike spots on the fruit and twig cankers, caused by any of several fungi, esp. of the genus Neofabraea. * ...
bull's-eye window
bull's-eye (def. 7). [1925-30] * * *
Bull, Hedley
▪ Australian scholar born June 10, 1932, Sydney, Austl. died May 18, 1985, Oxford, Eng.       Australian scholar, one of the leading international-relations ...
Bull, John
born 1562/63, Radnorshire, Wales? died March 12/13, 1628, Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands British composer. He became organist of Hereford Cathedral in 1582, then organist at the ...
Bull, Olaf
▪ Norwegian poet born Nov. 10, 1883, Kristiania [now Oslo] died June 23, 1933, Oslo  one of the greatest Norwegian poets of his generation and often referred to as the Keats ...
Bull, Ole
▪ Norwegian musician in full  Ole Bornemann Bull  born Feb. 5, 1810, Bergen, Nor. died Aug. 17, 1880, Lysøen, near Bergen       Norwegian violinist, composer, and ...
Bull, Ole (Bornemann)
born Feb. 5, 1810, Bergen, Nor. died Aug. 17, 1880, Lysøen, near Bergen Norwegian violinist. After training in his native Bergen, he freelanced in Christiania (now Oslo) in ...
bull, papal
▪ Roman Catholicism       in Roman Catholicism, an official papal letter or document. The name is derived from the lead seal (bulla) traditionally affixed to such ...
Bull,Ole Bornemann
Bull (bo͞ol, bo͝ol), Ole Bornemann. 1810-1880. Norwegian violinist who toured extensively through the United States and attempted to found a Norwegian colony in Pennsylvania ...
bull- [bool] 〚
bull-baiting [bool′bāt΄iŋ] n. the setting of dogs on a chained or confined bull, formerly a popular pastime in England * * *
/bool"bahr'/, n. Australian. a metal frame attached to the front of a vehicle to prevent damage in case of a collision with stray animals on outback roads. * * *
/bool"nekt'/, adj. having a short, thick neck. Also, bullnecked. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
bull-nosed bow
/bool"nohzd' bow"/, Naut. a bow having a bulbous forefoot. * * *
/bool"rawr'euhr, -rohr'-/, n. a wooden slat that produces a roaring sound when whirled around one's head on the end of a string or thong, used by some peoples of the world in ...
bulletin. * * *
/bool"euh, bul"euh/, n., pl. bullae /bool"ee, bul"ee/. 1. a seal attached to an official document, as a papal bull. 2. an ancient Roman pendant, consisting of a rounded box ...
/bool"is/, n. 1. the damson. 2. the muscadine. [1300-50; ME bolaz; akin to ML bolluca, F beloce] * * *
bul·lae (bo͝olʹē) n. Plural of bulla. * * *
Bullant, Jean
▪ French architect born 1520?, Écouen, France died 1578, Écouen       a dominant figure in French architecture during the period of the Wars of Religion (1562–98), ...
Bullard, Sir Edward
▪ British geophysicist born September 21, 1907, Norwich, Norfolk, England died April 3, 1980, La Jolla, California, U.S.       British geophysicist noted for his work ...
/boo lair"ee euhm/, n., pl. bullaria /-lair"ee euh/. a collection of papal bulls. [ < ML, equiv. to bull(a) BULL2 + -arium -ARY] * * *
/bool"euh ree/, n., pl. bullaries. bullarium. * * *
/bool"ayt, -it, bul"-/, adj. 1. having the surface covered with irregular and slight elevations, giving a blistered appearance. 2. Anat. inflated; vaulted. [1810-20; < L ...
/bool"bay'ting/, n. the action or sport of setting dogs upon a bull in a pen or arena. [1570-80; BULL1 + BAITING] * * *
/bool"bat'/, n. nighthawk (def. 1). [1830-40, Amer.; said to be so called from the noise it makes when flying. See BULL1, BAT2] * * * also called  Common Nighthawk,    common ...
/bool"boht'/, n. a lightweight, shallow-draft boat made of hides stretched over a wooden frame and used by Plains Indians. [1825-35, Amer.; BULL1 + BOAT] * * *
/bool"bruy'euhr/, n. catbrier. [1850-55, Amer.; BULL1 + BRIER1] * * *
/bool"buk'euhr/, n. Canadian. (in lumbering) a foreman who supervises fallers and buckers. [1945-50; BULL1 + BUCKER2] * * *
—bulldoggedness, n. —bulldogger, n. /bool"dawg', -dog'/, n., adj., v., bulldogged, bulldogging. n. 1. one of an English breed of medium-sized, short-haired, muscular dogs ...
bulldog ant
any of several aggressive ants of the genus Myrmecia, mostly of Australia and Tasmania, capable of inflicting a painful and potentially dangerous sting. Also called bull ant, ...
bulldog bat
▪ Noctilionidae       either of two tropical Central and South American bats that are among the few bats that routinely forage low over water. They have full lips and a ...
bulldog breed
n [sing + sing/pl v] a phrase used to refer to British people in general, and especially to British soldiers. The bulldog, a strong British dog with a large head and short thick ...
bulldog clip
a spring clamp with long, narrow jaws, for holding papers together. [1940-45] * * *
Bulldog Drummond
a character in a series of novels by the English writer ‘Sapper’ (Herman Cyril McNeile 1888–1937). He is a former British soldier who becomes a secret agent. He is not very ...
bulldog edition
the earliest daily edition of a newspaper. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
See bulldog. * * *
/bool"dohz'/, v., bulldozed, bulldozing. v.t. 1. to clear, level, or reshape the contours of (land) by or as if by using a bulldozer: to bulldoze a building site. 2. to clear ...
/bool"doh'zeuhr/, n. 1. a large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree stumps, rocks, etc. 2. a person who intimidates or ...
☆ bulldyke [bool′dīk′ ] n. Slang a lesbian having characteristics traditionally thought of as belonging to men, as an aggressive manner or a masculine appearance: an ...
Buller River
River, South Island, New Zealand. It was named for Charles Buller, founder of the New Zealand Co. It is the major river of the island's west coast. Rising in the central ...
—bulletless, adj. —bulletlike, adj. /bool"it/, n., v., bulleted, bulleting. n. 1. a small metal projectile, part of a cartridge, for firing from small arms. See diag. under ...
bullet time
➡ Matrix * * *
bullet train
a high-speed passenger train, as on certain routes in Japan. [1965-70] * * *
bullet tree.
See bully tree. * * *
bullet wood
the wood of a bully tree. [1835-45] * * *
bul·let·ed (bŭlʹĭ-tĭd) adj. Printing Highlighted or set off with bullets: a bulleted list. * * *
/bool"it hed'/, n. 1. a head considered similar in shape to a bullet, as that of a person with a high, domelike forehead and cranium and short hair. 2. a person having such a ...
/bool"i tn, -tin/, n., v., bulletined, bulletining. n. 1. a brief account or statement, as of news or events, issued for the information of the public. 2. Journalism. a. a brief, ...
bulletin board
1. a board for the posting of bulletins, notices, announcements, etc. 2. Computers. See BBS. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
Bulletin, The
▪ American newspaper       daily newspaper published in Philadelphia from 1847 to 1982, long considered one of the most influential American ...
bulletin-board system
▪ computer science       Computerized system used to exchange public messages or files. A BBS is typically reached by using a dial-up modem. Most are dedicated to a ...
bulletin-board system (BBS)
Computerized system used to exchange public messages or files. A BBS is typically reached by using a dial-up modem. Most are dedicated to a special interest, which may be an ...
bulletin board n. 1. A board on which notices are posted. 2. Computer Science. A system that enables users to send or read electronic messages, files, and other data that are of ...
/bool"it proohf'/, adj. 1. (of vehicles, glass, clothing, etc.) capable of resisting or absorbing the impact of a bullet. 2. Informal. safe from failure; without errors or ...
bulletproof vest
      protective covering worn to protect the torso against bullets.       Metal body armour fell into disuse in the 16th and 17th centuries, partly because armour ...
bullet train n. A high-speed passenger train. * * *
bull fiddle n. See double bass. * * *
—bullfighting, n. /bool"fuyt'/, n. a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and ...
/bool"fuy'teuhr/, n. a person who participates in a bullfight, esp. a matador. [1840-50; BULL1 + FIGHTER] * * *
See bullfighter. * * * Spanish corrida de toros Spectacle, popular in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, in which matadors ceremonially taunt, and usually kill, bulls in an ...
bullfinch1 /bool"finch'/, n. 1. a European finch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, often kept as a pet, the male of which has a black, white, and bluish-gray back and a rosy breast. 2. any of ...
/bool"frog', -frawg'/, n. a large frog, esp. the North American Rana catesbeiana, having a deep voice. [1690-1700, Amer.; BULL1 + FROG1; so called from its size and voice] * * ...
/bool"hed'/, n. 1. any of several North American, freshwater catfishes of the genus Ictalurus, having a rounded or truncate caudal fin. 2. any of several other fishes, as the ...
bullhead shark
▪ fish also called  horned shark        any shark of the genus Heterodontus, which contains about 10 species and constitutes the family Heterodontidae (order ...
—bullheadedly, adv. —bullheadedness, n. /bool"hed"id/, adj. obstinately opinionated, esp. in refusing to consider alternatives; stubborn. [1810-20; BULL1 + HEAD + -ED3] * * *
See bullheaded. * * *
See bullheadedly. * * *
/bool"hawrn'/, n. a directional, high-powered, electrical loudspeaker or megaphone. Also, bull horn. [1950-55; BULL1 + HORN] * * *
➡ bullying * * *
Bullinger, Heinrich
▪ Swiss religious reformer born July 18, 1504, Bremgarten, Switzerland died September 17, 1575, Zürich  convert from Roman Catholicism who first aided and then succeeded the ...
Bullins, Ed
▪ American author born July 2, 1935, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.       American playwright, novelist, poet, and journalist who emerged as one of the leading and most ...
—bullionless, adj. /bool"yeuhn/, n. 1. gold or silver considered in mass rather than in value. 2. gold or silver in the form of bars or ingots. 3. Also called bullion fringe. a ...
Monetary policy of mercantilism, which called for national regulation of transactions in foreign currency and precious metals (bullion) in order to maintain a favourable balance ...
—bullionism, n. /bool"yeuh nist/, n. a person who advocates a system in which currency is directly convertible to gold or silver. [1805-15; BULLION + -IST] * * *
—bullishly, adv. —bullishness, n. /bool"ish/, adj. 1. like a bull. 2. obstinate or stupid. 3. Com. a. rising in prices. b. characterized by favorable economic prospects. c. ...
See bullish. * * *
See bullishly. * * *
/bool"it/, n. William C(hristian), 1891-1967, U.S. diplomat and journalist. * * *
Bullitt, William C
▪ American diplomat born Jan. 25, 1891, Philadelphia died Feb. 15, 1967, Neuilly, Fr.       U.S. diplomat, first U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.       Early ...
/bool"mas"tif, -mah"stif/, n. one of an English breed of dogs having a short, fawn or brindled coat, produced by crossing the bulldog and the mastiff. Also, bull-mastiff, bull ...
Bull Moose n. A member or supporter of the U.S. Progressive Party founded to support the presidential candidacy of Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.   [From the party's emblem.] * * *
BullMoose Party
Bull Moose Party n. See Progressive Party. * * *
/bool"nek'/, n. 1. the leather made from the hide of a bull's neck. 2. the name applied to various ducks, including the ring-necked duck, the ruddy duck, and the ...
bull·necked (bo͝olʹnĕkt') adj. Having a short thick neck.   bullʹneck' n. * * *
/bool"nohz'/, n. 1. Also, bull's nose. Archit. a. a rounded or obtuse exterior angle, as the corner made by two walls. b. a structural member, as a brick, used in forming such an ...
bullnose header
Masonry. See bull header (def. 1). * * *
bullnose stretcher
Masonry. See bull stretcher (def. 1). * * *
/bool"euhk/, n. 1. a castrated bull; steer. 2. a young bull. [bef. 1000; ME bullok, OE bulluc. See BULL1, -OCK] * * *
Bullock's oriole
/bool"euhks/ a common oriole, Icterus galbula bullockii, of western North America: a subspecies of the northern oriole. [1855-60, Amer.; named after William Bullock, 19th-century ...
/bool"euhks hahrt'/, n. the large, edible fruit of a tropical American tree, Annona reticulata. Also, bullock heart. [1865-70; so called from its size, color, and shape] * * *
bul·lock's heart (bo͝olʹəks) n. See custard apple. * * *
Bul·lock's oriole (bo͝olʹəks) n. A subspecies (Icterus galbula bullockii) of the northern oriole in its western range, distinguished from the Baltimore oriole in the male by ...
Bullock, Alan Louis Charles
▪ 2005       British historian (b. Dec. 13, 1914, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, Eng.—d. Feb. 2, 2004, Oxford, Eng.), was founding master of St. Catherine's College, Oxford, ...
Bullock, Wynn
born April 18, 1902, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Nov. 16, 1975, Monterey, Calif. U.S. photographer. He was strongly influenced in his early work mainly "solarizations," in which ...
/bool"euh kee/, n., pl. bullockies for 1, adj. n. Australian. 1. a bullock driver. 2. the coarse language thought to be typical of a bullock driver. adj. 3. Australian. ...
/bul"euhs/, adj. Pathol. pertaining to, similar to, or characterized by bullae. [1895-1900; BULL(A) + -OUS] * * *
bullous pemphigoid
▪ dermatology also called  Benign Pemphigus,         a chronic, generalized skin disorder characterized by an eruption of serum-filled vesicles (blisters). These ...
☆ bullpen [bool′pen΄ ] n. 1. a fenced enclosure for bulls 2. Informal a large room or enclosure for a number of people; specif., a barred enclosure in a jail, where ...
/bool"powt'/, n. See horned pout. [1815-25, Amer.; BULL(HEAD) + POUT2] * * *
/bool"ring'/, n. an arena for a bullfight. [1600-10; BULL1 + RING1] * * *
bull·roar·er (bo͝olʹrôrʹər, -rōrʹ-) n. A small wooden slat attached to a string that makes a roaring noise when whirled. * * *
Bull Run A small stream of northeast Virginia southwest of Washington, D.C., near Manassas. It was the site of two important Civil War battles (July 21, 1861, and August 29-30, ...
➡ bull market * * *
bull session n. Informal An informal group discussion. * * *
➡ darts * * *
—bullshitter, n. /bool"shit'/, n., v., bullshitted or bullshit, bullshitting, interj. Slang (vulgar). n. 1. nonsense, lies, or exaggeration. v.t. 2. to lie or exaggerate ...
See bullshit. * * *
/bool"shot'/, n. a cocktail of vodka and beef bouillon or consommé. [1960-65; BULL1 + SHOT1] * * *
/bool"snayk'/, n. any of several large North American constrictors of the genus Pituophis, as the gopher snake and pine snake, that feed chiefly upon small rodents. Also, bull ...
bull terrier n. Any of a breed of dog having a short, usually white coat and a tapering muzzle, developed in England by crossing a bulldog with a now extinct breed of terrier. * ...
bull thistle n. A biennial Eurasian thistle (Cirsium vulgare) in the composite family, naturalized in North America and having heads of purplish flowers and spiny stems and ...
bull tongue n. A large, detachable plowshare with a single blade, used chiefly for breaking or clearing heavy soil.   [From its resemblance to a bull's tongue.] * * *
/bool"hwak'euhr, -wak'-/, n. Western U.S. (esp. in the early 19th century) the driver of a team of oxen. [1855-60, Amer.; BULL1 + WHACKER] * * *
/bool"hwip', -wip'/, n. a rawhide whip having a short handle and a long, plaited lash. Also, bull-whip. Also called bull-whack /bool"hwak', -wak'/. [1850-55, Amer.; BULL1 + ...
bully1 —bullyable, adj. /bool"ee/, n., pl. bullies, v., bullied, bullying, adj., interj. n. 1. a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and ...
bully beef
canned or pickled beef. [1865-70] * * *
bully boy
☆ bully boy n. a violent, bullying man; esp., a hired ruffian * * *
bully pulpit
a position of authority or public visibility, esp. a political office, from which one may express one's views. * * *
bully tree
any of various tropical American trees, as Manilkara bidentata, of the sapodilla family, that yield the gum balata. Also called bullet tree. [1650-60; bully, alter. of BALATA] * ...
/bool"ee boy'/, n. a ruffian or hired hoodlum, esp. one working for or associated with a political group. [1600-10; BULLY1 + BOY] * * *
n [U] a problem that is common in schools where some children use their strength or important positions to hurt or frighten smaller or weaker children. The people who do this are ...
bully pulpit n. An advantageous position, as for making one's views known or rallying support: “The presidency had been transformed from a bully pulpit on Pennsylvania Avenue ...
—bullyragger, n. /bool"ee rag'/, v.t., bullyragged, bullyragging. to bully; harass: to bullyrag fraternity plebs. Also, ballyrag. [1780-90; earlier ballarag, of obscure ...
Bulnes, Manuel
▪ president of Chile born 1799, Concepción, Chile died 1866, Santiago       president of Chile (1841–51) whose administration was notable for public works ...
/byuu"loh/, n. 1. Prince Bernhard von /berddn"hahrddt feuhn/, 1849-1929, chancellor of Germany 1900-09. 2. Hans (Guido, Freiherr) von /hahns gooh ee"doh, frdduy"herdd' feuhn/, ...
Bülow, Adam Heinrich Dietrich, Freiherr von
▪ Prussian soldier born 1757, Falkenberg, Prussia died 1808, Riga, Latvia, Russian Empire       Prussian soldier and military theorist who attempted to popularize the ...
Bülow, Bernhard (Heinrich Martin Karl), prince von
born May 3, 1849, Klein-Flottbek, near Altona, Ger. died Oct. 28, 1929, Rome, Italy German imperial chancellor and Prussian prime minister (1900–09). After holding a number ...
Bülow, Bernhard, Fürst von
▪ chancellor of Germany born May 3, 1849, Klein-Flottbek, near Altona, Germany died October 28, 1929, Rome, Italy       German imperial chancellor and Prussian prime ...
Bülow, Hans (Guido), baron von
born Jan. 8, 1830, Dresden, Saxony died Feb. 12, 1894, Cairo, Egypt German conductor and pianist. He studied piano with Clara Schumann's father. His meetings with the composers ...
Bülow, Hans von
▪ German conductor in full  Hans Guido, Freiherr (baron) von Bülow  born Jan. 8, 1830, Dresden, Saxony, Ger. died Feb. 12, 1894, Cairo, Egypt  German pianist and conductor ...
Bülow,Hans Guido von
Bülow, Hans Guido von. 1830-1894. German pianist and conductor considered to be the first modern virtuoso conductor. He was instrumental in popularizing the works of Brahms and ...
Bülow,Prince Bernhard Heinrich Martin Karl von
Bü·low (byo͞oʹlō), Prince Bernhard Heinrich Martin Karl von. 1849-1929. German politician and diplomat who was chancellor from 1900 to 1909. As ambassador to Rome (1914) he ...
/bool"rush'/, n. 1. (in Biblical use) the papyrus, Cyperus papyrus. 2. any of various rushes of the genera Scirpus and Typha. [1400-50; late ME bulrish papyrus, prob. BULL1 + ...
/boolt"mahn'/, n. Rudolf /rddooh"dawlf/, 1884-1976, German theologian. * * *
Bultmann, Rudolf
▪ German theologian Introduction born Aug. 20, 1884, Wiefelstede, Ger. died July 30, 1976, Marburg, W.Ger.       leading 20th-century New Testament scholar known for ...
Bultmann, Rudolf (Karl)
born Aug. 20, 1884, Wiefelstede, Ger. died July 30, 1976, Marburg, W.Ger. German Protestant theologian and New Testament scholar. The son of a Lutheran pastor, he studied at ...
▪ people also spelled  Boulou,         one of a number of related peoples inhabiting the hilly, forested, south-central area of Cameroon as well as mainland ...
/bool"weuhrk, -wawrk, bul"-/, n. 1. a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart. 2. any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance: The new dam was ...
/bool"weuhr/, n. Sir Henry (William Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer; Baron Dalling and Bulwer),1801-72, British diplomat and author. * * * (as used in expressions) Clayton Bulwer ...
Bulwer, Henry Lytton
▪ British diplomat Baron Dalling And Bulwer Of Dalling  born February 13, 1801, London died May 23, 1872, Naples       diplomat who, as British ambassador to the ...
Bulwer, Sir (William) Henry Lytton (Earle)
later Baron Dalling and Bulwer of Dalling born Feb. 13, 1801, London, Eng. died May 23, 1872, Naples, Italy British diplomat. In the diplomatic service from 1829, he ...
Bulwer,William Henry Lytton Earle
Bul·wer (bo͝olʹwər), William Henry Lytton Earle. Baron Dalling and Bulwer. 1801-1872. British politician and diplomat who negotiated the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty (1850) ...
/bool"weuhr lit"n/, n. 1st Baron. See Lytton, Edward George. * * *
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward (George Earl)
later 1st Baron Lytton (of Knebworth) born May 25, 1803, London, Eng. died Jan. 18, 1873, Torquay, Devonshire British politician, novelist, and poet. His first novel, Pelham, ...
Bulwer-Lytton,Edward George Earle Lytton
Bul·wer-Lyt·ton (bo͝olʹwər-lĭtʹn), Edward George Earle Lytton. First Baron Lytton. 1803-1873. British writer best known for his popular historical novels, especially The ...
bum1 /bum/, n., v., bummed, bumming, adj., bummer, bummest. n. 1. a person who avoids work and sponges on others; loafer; idler. 2. a tramp, hobo, or derelict. 3. Informal. an ...
bum rap
Slang. 1. an unjust accusation, verdict, or punishment: He was sent to prison on a bum rap. 2. an adverse opinion or judgment considered undeserved or unjust: The review was a ...
bum's rush
Slang. 1. forcible and swift ejection from a place: When they began to cause a disturbance, they were given the bum's rush. 2. any rude or abrupt dismissal: He gave the pesky ...
bum's rush (bŭmz) n. Forcible ejection from a place. * * *
/bum"rush"/, v.t. Slang. to force one's way into; crash: to bum-rush a rap concert. [1985-90] * * *
▪ paleontology       genus of trilobites (extinct arthropods) found in Europe and North America as fossils in rocks of Ordovician to Silurian age (between 408 and 505 ...
/bum'bay"lif/, n. Brit. Disparaging. a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc. [1595-1605; BUM2 + BAILIFF] * * *
/bum"beuhr shooht'/, n. Informal (often facetious). an umbrella. [1915-20; bumber-, appar. expressive alter. of UMBRELLA + -shoot, resp. of -chute in PARACHUTE] * * *
bumble1 —bumbler, n. /bum"beuhl/, v., bumbled, bumbling, n. v.i. 1. to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college. 2. to stumble or ...
/bum"beuhl bee'/, n. any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae. Also, bumble bee. [1520-30; BUMBLE2 + BEE1] * * * Any member of two genera constituting the ...
/bum"beuhl bee' fish'/, n., pl. bumblebeefishes, (esp. collectively) bumblebeefish. any of several gobies of the genus Brachygobius, inhabiting waters of the Malay Archipelago ...
/bum"beuhl foot'/, n. Vet. Pathol. a swelling, sometimes purulent, of the ball of the foot in fowl. [1860-65; BUMBLE1 + FOOT] * * *
—bumbleheadedness, n. /bum"beuhl hed'id/, adj. clumsy, plodding, or foolish: He stumbled through the talk in his bumbleheaded way. [bumblehead (see BUMBLE1, HEAD) + -ED3] * * *
/bum"beuhl pup'ee/, n. a game of whist played carelessly or contrary to rules and conventions. [1795-1805; BUMBLE1 + PUPPY] * * *
See bumble1. * * *
—bumblingly, adv. /bum"bling/, adj. 1. liable to make awkward blunders: a bumbling mechanic. 2. clumsily incompetent or ineffectual: bumbling diplomacy. n. 3. the act or ...
/bum"boht'/, n. Naut. a boat used in peddling provisions and small wares among vessels lying in port or offshore. [1665-75; prob. partial trans. of D bomschuit a small fishing ...
bu·mel·ia (byo͞o-mēʹlē-ə) n. Any of various often thorny North American trees or shrubs of the genus Bumelia, especially B. lanuginosa or B. lycioides of the southern ...
/bumf/, n. Brit. 1. Slang. toilet paper. 2. memoranda, official notices, or the like. [1885-90; short for bumfodder. See BUM2, FODDER1] * * *
bum·fuz·zle (bŭmʹfŭz'əl) tr.v. Chiefly Southern U.S. bum·fuz·zled, bum·fuz·zling, bum·fuz·zles To confuse.   [Probably bum-(probably alteration of bamboozle) + ...
/bum fuz"euhld/, adj. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. baffled; befuddled; confused. [1900-05; bum- (expressive prefix, perh. to be identified with the initial syll. of ...
/bum"euh loh'/, n., pl. bummalos. See bombay duck. [1665-75; earlier bumbelow < Marathi bombila, inflected case-form of bombil] * * *
bummed [bumd] adj. 〚
bummer1 /bum"euhr/, n. Slang. a person who bums. [1850-55, Amer.; prob. < G Bummler, deriv. with -er -ER1 of bummeln to take a stroll, dawdle, loiter (expressive v. of uncert. ...
—bumpingly, adv. /bump/, v.t. 1. to come more or less violently in contact with; collide with; strike: His car bumped a truck. 2. to cause to strike or collide: He bumped the ...
➡ birthdays * * *
bumper1 /bum"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that bumps. 2. a metal guard, usually horizontal, for protecting the front or rear of an automobile, truck, etc. 3. any protective ...
bumper car
(in an amusement park) a small, carlike electric vehicle with an encircling rubber bumper that one maneuvers around an enclosed arena while purposely bumping other ...
bumper cars
➡ fairs * * *
bumper guard
either of two vertical crosspieces attached to a bumper of a motor vehicle to prevent it from locking bumpers with another vehicle. * * *
bumper jack
a jack for lifting a motor vehicle by the bumper. * * *
bumper pool
a pool game played on a small, often octagonally shaped table with two pockets, having strategically placed cushioned pegs on the playing surface, usually necessitating bank ...
bumper sticker
an adhesive-backed strip of paper for sticking onto the rear bumper of an automobile, usually bearing a tourist advertisement, slogan, joke, etc. * * *
/bum"peuhr teuh bum"peuhr/, adj. 1. marked by a long line of cars moving slowly or with many stops and starts, one behind the other: bumper-to-bumper traffic. 2. Informal. ...
bumper pool n. A billiard game played on a usually small table with several fixed cushioned obstacles that necessitate the use of bank shots. * * *
bumper sticker n. A sticker bearing a printed message for display on a vehicle's bumper. * * *
bumph (bŭmf) n. Variant of bumf. * * *
See bumpy. * * *
See bumpily. * * *
bumpkin1 —bumpkinish, bumpkinly, adj. /bump"kin/, n. an awkward, simple rustic; yokel. [1560-70; < MD bommekijn little barrel, equiv. to boom BEAM + -kijn -KIN] Syn. clod, ...
/bump"awf', -of'/, n. Slang. murder. [1905-10, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase bump off] * * *
—bumptiously, adv. —bumptiousness, n. /bump"sheuhs/, adj. offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart. [1795-1805; BUMP + (FRAC)TIOUS] Syn. pushy, forward, cocky, ...
See bumptious. * * *
See bumptiously. * * *

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