(Bulk"head`) n. [See Bulk part of a building.]
1. (Naut.) A partition in a vessel, to separate apartments on the same deck.
2. A structure of wood or stone, to resist the pressure of earth or water; a partition wall or structure, as
in a mine; the limiting wall along a water front.
Bulked line, a line beyond which a wharf must not project; usually, the harbor line.
(Bulk"i*ness) n. Greatness in bulk; size.
(Bulk"y) a. Of great bulk or dimensions; of great size; large; thick; massive; as, bulky volumes.
A bulky digest of the revenue laws.
(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. (Zoöl.) The male of any species of cattle (Bovidæ); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the
elephant; also, the male of the whale.
The wild bull of the Old Testament is thought to be the oryx, a large species of antelope.
2. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action. Ps. xxii. 12.
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.
At last from Aries rolls the bounteous sun,
And the bright Bull receives him.
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.
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. D.Howells. To take the bull by the horns, to grapple with a difficulty instead of
Bull bat (Zoöl.), the night hawk; so called from the loud noise it makes while feeding on the wing, in
the evening. Bull calf. (a) A stupid fellow. Bull mackerel (Zoöl.), the chub mackerel. Bull
pump (Mining), a direct single-acting pumping engine, in which the steam cylinder is placed above the
pump. Bull snake (Zoöl.), the pine snake of the United States. Bull stag, a castrated bull. See
Stag. Bull wheel, a wheel, or drum, on which a rope is wound for lifting heavy articles, as logs, the
tools in well boring, etc.
(Bull), a. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce.
(Bull), v. i. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do. [Colloq.]
(Bull), v. t. (Stock Exchange) 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.
(Bull), n. [OE. bulle, fr. L. bulla bubble, stud, knob, LL., a seal or stamp: cf. F. bulle. Cf. Bull a
writing, Bowl a ball, Boil, v. i.]
1. A seal. See Bulla.