bull's-eye


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bull's-eye

or bull's eye (bo͝olz′ī′)
n.
1.
a. The small central circle on a target.
b. A shot that hits this circle.
2.
a. A direct hit: scored a bull's-eye on the window with a snowball.
b. The precise accomplishment of a goal or purpose: "Most marketing these days .... hits the bull's-eye for laughs, razzle-dazzle, and cleverness" (Jay Conrad Levinson).
3. A thick, circular piece of glass set, as in a roof or ship's deck, to admit light.
4. A circular opening or window.
5.
a. A plano-convex lens used to concentrate light.
b. A lantern or lamp having such a lens.
6. A piece of round hard candy.

bull's-eye

n
1. (Archery) the small central disc of a target, usually the highest valued area
2. (Archery) a shot hitting this
3. informal something that exactly achieves its aim
4. (Building) a small circular or oval window or opening
5. (Nautical Terms) a thick disc of glass set into a ship's deck, etc, to admit light
6. (Crafts) the glass boss at the centre of a sheet of blown glass
7. (General Physics)
a. a small thick plano-convex lens used as a condenser
b. a lamp or lantern containing such a lens
8. (Cookery) a peppermint-flavoured, usually striped, boiled sweet
9. (Nautical Terms) nautical a circular or oval wooden block with a groove around it for the strop of a shroud and a hole at its centre for a line. Compare deadeye
10. (Physical Geography) meteorol the eye or centre of a cyclone

bull's′-eye`



n., pl. -eyes.
1. the circular spot, usu. black, at the center of a target.
2. a shot that hits this.
3.
a. the center of a military target in a bombing raid.
b. a missile that strikes the center of a target.
c. an instance of aiming and firing a missile that results in its hitting the center of a target.
4. any statement or act that is precisely to the point or achieves a desired result directly.
[1680–90]

bull's-eye

Small disk in the center of the board; scores 50 points.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bull's-eye - a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that can be closed to conceal the light
lantern - light in a transparent protective case
Translations

bull's-eye

[ˈbʊlzaɪ] N
1. [of target] → blanco m
to hit the bull's-eye; score a bull's-eye (lit, fig) → dar en el blanco
2. (= sweet) → caramelo m de menta
3. (= lantern) → linterna f sorda
4. (Naut) → ojo m de buey

bull's-eye

[ˈbʊlzˌaɪ] n (of target) → centro (del bersaglio)
to hit the bull's-eye (fig) → far centro, colpire nel segno

bull

(bul) noun
1. the male of the ox family and of the whale, walrus, elephant etc.
2. a bull's-eye.
ˈbullock (-lək) noun
1. a young bull.
2. a castrated bull, an ox, often used to pull bullock carts.
ˈbullfight noun
in Spain etc a fight between a bull and men on horseback and on foot.
ˈbullfighter noun
ˈbullring noun
the enclosed area where a bullfight takes place.
ˈbull's-eye noun
the centre of a target, especially in archery, darts etc.
References in classic literature ?
There he paused, hearing the slow heavy tread of the policeman on the pavement outside and seeing the flash of the bull's-eye reflected in the window.
Rob shot sixth in the line and landed fairly, being rewarded by an approving grunt from the man with the green blinder, who shot seventh, and with apparent carelessness, yet true to the bull's-eye.
Opposite the window that looked out into the garden, a bull's-eye opened on the yard; a table was placed by the cot and held a wash-basin, two combs, and a piece of blue soap in a broken saucer.
One doesn't hit the bull's-eye every time; it is something to hit inside the ring.
As he looked at May, returning flushed and calm from her final bull's-eye, he had the feeling that he had never yet lifted that curtain.
Bucket stops for a moment at the corner and takes a lighted bull's-eye from the constable on duty there, who then accompanies him with his own particular bull's-eye at his waist.
The bullets whanged and banged against it till it rang like a bull's-eye, but Charley grinned in its shelter, and coolly went on steering.
Going back at once to the town of Barkingham, I provided myself with a short bit of rope, a little bull's-eye lantern, a small screwdriver, and a nice bit of beef chemically adapted for the soothing of troublesome dogs.
Lend me your bull's-eye, sergeant," said my companion.
Abruptly one bulging gas-lit window broke the blue twilight like a bull's-eye lantern; and Valentin stopped an instant before a little garish sweetstuff shop.
We all know a hundred whose coats are very well made, and a score who have excellent manners, and one or two happy beings who are what they call in the inner circles, and have shot into the very centre and bull's-eye of the fashion; but of gentlemen how many?
Society is in rings like a target, and we never were in the bull's-eye, however thick you may lay on the ink