Dictionary: BUILT – BULL'A-RY

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BUILT, n. [bilt.]

  1. Form; shape; general figure of a structure; as, the built of a ship. – Dryden. Mar. Dict.
  2. Species of building. – Temple.

BUILT, pp. [bilt.]

Framed and raised; constructed.

BUL, n.

The common flounder. – Chambers.

BULB, n. [Gr. βολβος; L. bulbus, a bulb or round root; Fr. bulbe; It. bulbo; Sp. bulbo, an onion, or bulbous root; W. bal, bol, protuberance.]

A scaly body formed on a plant above or beneath the surface of the ground, emitting roots from its base, and producing a stem from its center. It is always formed of imbricated scales. A solid bulb has no existence. – Lindley.

BULB, v.i.

To bulb out is to project or be protuberant. [Little used.] – Evelyn.


Bulbous. [I believe, not used.] – Johnson.


Round headed.


Producing bulbs; as, bulbiferous stems. – Eaton.


  1. Containing bulbs or a bulb; growing from bulbs; round or roundish. – Martyn. Milne.
  2. Containing a knob, or protuberant part; swelling out; presenting rounded elevations. – Kirwan.


A young male calf. – Dekker. Marston.


A different orthography of Bilge. [W. bwlg, bulk; balc, prominent; Sax. bulgian, to bellow, from swelling out.] The bilge or protuberant part of a cask; protuberance.

BULGE, v.i.

  1. To swell out; to be protuberant. – Moxon.
  2. To bilge as a ship. [See Bilge.] – Dryden.

BULG'ING, ppr. [or adj.]

  1. Swelling out, bilging.
  2. As an adj. protuberant.

BU'LI-MY, n. [Gr. βουλιμια, βου, great, and λιμος, hunger.]

A voracious appetite; a disease in which the patient has a perpetual and insatiable appetite for food, and often faints, if not indulged. It is attended with various symptoms; sometimes with heart-burn, sometimes with vomiting or convulsions. – Encyc. Coxe.

BULK, n. [W. bwlg, bulk; balciaw, to swell, to be proud; Ir. balc, great, strong; Russ. bulikayu, to boil, to bubble; D. bulken, to low or bellow; Dan. bulk, a bunch on the back; Sax. bulgian, to low.]

  1. Magnitude of material substance; whole dimensions; size of a thing; as, an ox or ship of great bulk.
  2. The gross; the majority; the main mass or body; as the bulk of a debt; the bulk of a nation. – Swift. Addison.
  3. Main fabric. – Shak.
  4. The whole content of a ship's hold for the stowage of goods. – Encyc.
  5. A part of a building jutting out. – Shak. To break bulk, in seamen's language, is to begin to unload. – Mar. Dict. Laden in bulk, having the cargo loose in the hold, or not inclosed in boxes, bales or casks.

BULK'-HEAD, n. [bulk and head.]

A partition in a ship made with boards, to form separate apartments. – Encyc. Mar. Dict.


Greatness in bulk, size or stature. – Locke.

BULK'Y, a.

Large; of great dimensions; of great size. – Dryden.

BULL, a. [a prefix.]

Signifies a bull, or large, or having a large head.

BULL, n.1 [G. bull; W. bwla; Russ. vol. Qu. from his sex, or from bellowing; Sw. bola, or böla; Dan. boler.]

  1. The male of the Bos, or bovine genus of quadrupeds, of which cow is the female.
  2. In a Scriptural sense, an enemy, powerful, fierce and violent. Many bulls have compassed me. – Psalms.
  3. Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.

BULL, n.2 [It. bolla, a bubble, a blister, a seal or stamp, the Pope's bull; Fr. bulle; L. bulla, a boss, and an ornament worn on a child's neck. This name was given to the seal which was appended to the edicts and briefs of the Pope, and in process of time, applied to the edict itself. – Spelman.]

  1. A letter, edict or rescript of the Pope, published or transmitted to the churches over which he is head, containing some decree, order or decision. It is used chiefly in matters of justice or of grace. If the former, the lead or seal is hung by a hempen cord; if the latter, by a silken thread. The lead or bull is impressed on one side with the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul; on the other with the name of the Pope and the year of his pontificate. The writing is in the old, round Gothic letter; and the instrument has about it a cross with some text of Scripture, or religious motto. – Lunier. Encyc. The Golden bull, so called from its golden seal, is an edict or imperial constitution, made by the Emperor Charles V., containing the fundamental law of the German empire. Leaden bulls were sent by the Emperors of Constantinople to patriarchs and princes; and by the grandees of the Empire, of France, Sicily, &c., and by patriarchs and bishops. Waxen bulls were in frequent use with the Greek Emperors, who thus sealed letters to their relations. – Encyc.
  2. A blunder or contradiction. – Pope.

BUL'LA, n.

  1. The shell of a mollusc.
  2. A bleb, or a large piece of cuticle raised by the extravasation of a transparent watery fluid.


  1. The bully-tree, or Chrysophyllum, a plant of two species, natives of the West Indies. – Fam. of Plants. Encyc.
  2. The wild plum, a species of Prunus. – Fam. of Plants. Encyc.

BUL-LAN'TIC, a. [from bull.]

Designating certain ornamental capital letters, used in Apostolic bulls. It is used also as a noun. – Fry.


A collection of Papistical bulls. – South.