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bulldog

Definitions

  • Avery Bulldog tractor, about 1919
    Avery Bulldog tractor, about 1919
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bulldog throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
    • v bulldog attack viciously and ferociously
    • n bulldog a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting
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English Bulldog English Bulldog

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bulldog (Metal) A refractory material used as a furnace lining, obtained by calcining the cinder or slag from the puddling furnace of a rolling mill.
    • Bulldog (Zoöl) A variety of dog, of remarkable ferocity, courage, and tenacity of grip; -- so named, probably, from being formerly employed in baiting bulls.
    • a Bulldog Characteristic of, or like, a bulldog; stubborn; as, bulldog courage; bulldog tenacity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bulldog A variety of dog of comparatively small size, but very strong and muscular, with a large head, broad muzzle, short hair, tapering smooth tail, and remarkable courage and ferocity. Dogs of this kind were formerly much used in bullbaiting, whence the name.
    • n bulldog A bailiff.
    • n bulldog The assistant or servant who attends the proctor of an English university when on duty.
    • n bulldog A pistol; in recent use, a small revolver with a short barrel carrying a large ball.
    • n bulldog Nautical: The great gun in the officers' wardroom cabin.
    • n bulldog A general term for main-deck guns.
    • n bulldog In metallurgy, tap-cinder from the puddling-furnace, after the protoxid of iron has been converted into sesquioxid by roasting. It may be used as an ore of iron for making what is known as cinder-iron. It is also extensively used as a lining for the sides of the puddling-furnace.
    • n bulldog A name given by the Canadian half-breeds to the gadfly.
    • n bulldog Same as bulldog ant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bulldog a breed of dogs of great courage, formerly used for baiting bulls, its general appearance that of a smooth-coated, compact dog, low in stature, but broad and powerful, with a massive head, large in proportion to its body: a person of obstinate courage: a short-barrelled revolver of large calibre: a proctor's attendant at Oxford and Cambridge
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
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    “The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M.E. bole, prob. Scand. bole, boli; most prob. cog. with Bellow.

Usage

In literature:

There are hound dogs, bulldogs, setter dogs, fox terriers, big dogs, little dogs, all good dogs, and some poodle dogs!
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
These he tossed close to the nose of the stubborn bulldog, while the rest of the party watched to see the result.
"Afloat on the Flood" by Lawrence J. Leslie
He has the grip of a bulldog; when he once gets his teeth in, nothing can shake him off.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I prefer you as the bulldog, rather than as the fawning cur.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
You heard just now that there will be about thirty rats for our bulldogs to worry.
"Nic Revel" by George Manville Fenn
Her English bulldog (with apparently a strain of Presbyterian blood in him) had an unerring scent for Jesuits.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
He could see the big bulldog that was chained to his kennel, placed under the windows of the room the maiden lady slept in.
"Fred Fenton on the Crew" by Allen Chapman
He is the very incarnation of bulldog tenacity and resolution.
"A Little Traitor to the South" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Perhaps the enemy's charge had exhausted them, perhaps because a bulldog courage always fills the British.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
Yet his nature was like that of the bulldog; and once he had started to do a thing, nothing could make him stop.
"The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon" by James Carson
He had invited them there to show them his new bulldog.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
They have survived only as bulldogs survive, from perverted sentiment, and mal-educated taste.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
Haw was a sandy-haired man with shifty, uneasy eyes; Terry of a bulldog type, stocky and powerful.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
It was nearly midnight when she passed Kennedy's wheat field in which capered Pete, the brindle bulldog.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
I'd make him go back and find out whether Bunty really had a bulldog with him.
"The Flight of Pony Baker" by W. D. Howells
I wish, if my brother persists in keeping the church doors open, that he would keep a chained bulldog inside!
"The Carved Cupboard" by Amy Le Feuvre
But its powerful jaws remained clenched on the hand with bulldog tenacity.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
And Jack Thistlewood's a bulldog.
"Bulldog And Butterfly" by David Christie Murray
Aaron was holding the bulldog pliers out before him, one handle in each hand, parallel to the ground.
"Blind Man's Lantern" by Allen Kim Lang
He plucked last week Patch of St. George's, and Patch has taken his oath he'll shoot him; and Butson has walked about ever since with a bulldog.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
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In poetry:

Mr. Bulldog’s ever ready
With his hand, or dagger thrust.
Mr. Doughface walks in slippers -
In life’s road kicks up the dust.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
Delirious Bulldogs; -- echoing calls
My daughter, -- green as summer grass; --
The long supine Plebeian ass,
The nasty crockery boring falls; --
"Parody of Tennyson'sTo Edward Lear on His Travels in Greece" by Edward Lear
I 'VE something of the bulldog in my breed,
The spaniel is developed rather less,
While life is in me I can fight and bleed,
But never the chastising hand caress.
"To A. Patchett Martin" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
E--Me a vast awful bulldog, black and brown,
Completely terrified when near the town;
As calves perceiving butchers, trembling reel,
So did my calves the approaching monster feel.
"Eclogue:Composed at Cannes, December 9th, 1867" by Edward Lear
Take horse and follow, and you'll hurt no feelings;
He can fly down waterfalls and jump through ceilings,
He can shoot off hats, for to have a bit of fun,
With a bulldog bigger than a buffalo-gun
"A Bushranger" by Kenneth Slessor
Stick to your aim: the mongrel’s hold will slip,
But only crowbars loose the bulldog’s grip;
Small as he looks, the jaw that never yields
Drags down the bellowing monarch of the fields!
"A Rhymed Lesson (Urania)" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

CLOVERDALE Monrovia competed in Saturday's annual West Central Conference wrestling tournament at Cloverdale, and one Bulldog walked away with a first-place finish.
Bulldogs best Grace, Good Shepherd .
Two nights after a legal question arose at the United States/Canada border, Grahame made 30 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs at The Q.
Lady Bulldogs grind out win against Columbia Academy.
Cornersville point guard Makenzie Hopkins scored a game high 17 points to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 32-24 victory over Columbia Academy.
For the first two games of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, the Butler Bulldogs looked like giant-killers, circa 2010 and 2011.
Sullivan West's Dani Myers (19:36), left, won her third consecutive Division IV title as the Lady Bulldogs secured their seventh division crown with a narrow win over James I O'Neill.
Bulldogs Start Slow, But Defeat Williams Handily .
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Williams Vikings 53-36 in a basketball game played at Williams on Friday.
Harpo the bulldog puppy is dognapped at gunpoint -- and rescued.
0 Harpo, a pure-bred English bulldog pup, was dognapped from a mall parking lot after a scuffle.
The Portageville Bulldogs got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a narrow 60-50 win over the East Prairie Eagles.
The win was the 16th of the season against four losses for the Bulldogs.
Portageville running back Dominique Walker (3) tries to evade a pair of Hayti defenders on Friday during the Bulldogs' 35-22 win.
JEFFERSON CITY — Five Bulldogs runners — three on the girls' side and two on the boys' side — were among the top 15 finishers and medaled at the Helias Invitational on Saturday.
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In science:

The author wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the Bulldog High Performance computing facility of Yale University to this work, and the support of the DoE.
Jets and jet-like correlations studies from STAR
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