bull's-eye: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (boolz'ī"), [key]
— pl. -eyes.
  1. the circular spot, usually black or outlined in black, at the center of a target marked with concentric circles and used in target practice.
  2. a shot that hits this.
  3. the center or central area of a military target, as of a town or factory, in a bombing raid.
  4. a missile that strikes the central area of a target.
  5. the coordinates or instance of aiming and firing a missile that results in its hitting the center of a target.
    1. any statement or act that is precisely to the point or achieves a desired result directly.
    2. something that is decisive or crucial; crux.
  6. a small circular opening or window.
  7. a thick disk or lenslike piece of glass inserted in a roof, ship's deck, etc., to admit light.
  8. a lens of short focal length.
  9. a lantern equipped with a lens of this sort.
  10. an oval or circular wooden block having a groove around it and a hole in the center, through which to reeve a rope.
  11. (formerly) the eye of a storm.
  12. a large, round piece of peppermint-flavored hard candy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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