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bullion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bullion gold or silver in bars or ingots
    • n bullion a mass of precious metal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bullion Base or uncurrent coin. "And those which eld's strict doom did disallow,
      And damm for bullion, go for current now."
    • Bullion Heavy twisted fringe, made of fine gold or silver wire and used for epaulets; also, any heavy twisted fringe whose cords are prominent.
    • Bullion Showy metallic ornament, as of gold, silver, or copper, on bridles, saddles, etc. "The clasps and bullions were worth a thousand pound."
    • Bullion Uncoined gold or silver in the mass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bullion Gold or silver in the mass; gold or silver smelted and not perfectly refined, or refined but in bars, ingots, or any uncoined form, as plate.
    • n bullion Uncurrent coin; coin received only at its metallic value.
    • n bullion Figuratively, gold, as a sordid thing; mere wealth; mammon.
    • n bullion A mint or assay-office.
    • n bullion A boss; a stud; a showy metallic ornament either of gold or in imitation of gold, as a button, stud, hook, clasp, buckle, and the like.
    • n bullion A fringe of thick twisted cords, such as will hang heavily. Bullion consisting of silk cords covered with fine gold or silver thread is much used for epaulets. Also called bullion-fringe.
    • n bullion In glass-making, that part of the spheroidal mass of glass which has been attached to the pontil, after being blown and while undergoing the process of fattening into a sheet. When the tube is detached, it is called the bull's-eye (which see).
    • n bullion A measure of capacity (of salt).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bullion bool′yun gold and silver in the mass and uncoined, though occasionally used as practically synonymous with the precious metals, coined and uncoined: a heavy twisted cord fringe, often covered with gold or silver wire
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. bullyon, a hook used for fastening the dress, a button, stud, an embossed ornament of various kinds, e. g., on the cover of a book, on bridles or poitrels, for purses, for breeches and doublets, LL. bullio, the swelling of boiling water, a mass of gold or silver, fr. L. bulla, boss, stud, bubble (see Bull an edict), or perh. corrupted fr. F. billon, base coin, LL. billio, bullion. Cf. Billon Billet a stick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.; but apparently related to Low L. bullio, a boiling, melting.

Usage

In literature:

There might be difficulty afterwards in getting rid of the bullion and the jewels, but, after all, that's a different question.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The values of imports and exports (including bullion, specie and re-exports) in pesos of 18d.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Bullion rapidly increased in amount during the Carthaginian wars.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
A noble arch, after the model of the triumphal arch of Constantine, at Rome, forms the entrance into the bullion yard.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The fact remained that the yield of the mill in bullion was but slightly increased and still subject to extreme variations.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Goods taken in exchange were hides, wool, gold and silver bullion, Indian blankets and precious stones.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
The conveying coined money, silver or gold, also plate or bullion, into Scotland, above the value of forty shillings at one time.
"Border Raids and Reivers" by Robert Borland
Bullion would thus become very cheap.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
The bullion prices from 1809 to 1813 ranged from 86s.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
An' they never made more'n an 8-foot pit in it an' didn't take out enough bullion to melt down into a silver spoon!
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The following year a hospital was built at Montreal, with money supplied by Madame de Bullion.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
They exploit him for bullion, and sometimes it seems to me that his lot is a lonely one.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Alas, after Adderley had recovered six tons of bullion, the sight of so much treasure was too much for him.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
The Prince laughed so at dinner about it, and said it was pure patriotism not to suffer exportation of bullion.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
In other words, the fluctuations in the value of silver are confined to it in its bullion shape, and cannot enter into its form as money.
"The Arena" by Various
For centuries the Andes furnished the civilized world with most of the bullion used for its current coinage.
"The Panama Canal" by J. Saxon Mills
I've spent whole heaps of bullion, and I'll have to ask the Pay for an advance now.
"H.M.S. ----" by Klaxon
A three-master belonging to the East India Company, with two million francs in bullion, will soon be along.
"Avarice-Anger:" by Eugène Sue
Not to mention the silver bullion for buyin' commodity.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Gold bullion is not the only thing which can thus serve, however.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
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In poetry:

Athwart a sky of brass rich ribs of gold;
A bullion bulk the wide Ohio lies;
Beneath the sunset, billowing manifold,
The purple hill-tops rise.
"Along The Ohio" by Madison Julius Cawein
For did she pride her, freighted fully, on
Bounden bales or a hoard of bullion?—
Precious passing measure,
Lads and men her lade and treasure.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The evening's here--cold, hard, and drear;
The lavish West with bullion bright
Of molten silver walls the night
Far as one star's thin rays appear.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein
When leave, long overdue, none can deny;
When idleness of all Eternity
Becomes our furlough, and the marigold
Our thriftless, bullion-minting Treasury
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
He dozes, aged with watches passed--
Years, years of pacing to and fro;
He dozes, nor attends the stir
In bullioned standards rustling low,
Nor minds the blades whose secret thrill
Perverts overhead the magnet's Polar will:--
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville
MY OWN WILD BURNS! these rude-wrought rhymes of thine
In golden worth are like the unshapely coin
Of some new realm, yet pure as from the mine—
And Art may well be spared with such alloy
As dims the bullion to improve the die!
"Burns" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Gold is stuck in the longest slump in a decade as investors shun bullion for the dollar and bonds, just seven months after Bank of America Corp.
Bullion coin sales by the US Mint climbed in August from July, but still lag behind 2011 totals for the year.
Hong Kong's Largest Bullion Vault Signals Rising Asia Wealth.
Collector coins push bullion aside.
Asif Kahn, 21, who lives in Chicago suburb Villa Park, bought a ticket for the Illinois Lottery's Gold Bullion game three days before Thanksgiving at a Shell station in Hillside, Ill.
TBH had new diabetic educator December 08, 2012 The News-Messenger Denise Bullion is the new certified diabetic educator at The Bellevue Hospital's Cardiac and Diabetes Rehabilitation Department.
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a civil enforcement action charging former Anderson County Council member Ron Wilson with fraud in connection with his business, Atlantic Bullion & Coin Inc.
Gold Fields, the world's fourth-largest bullion producer, is spinning off its two oldest South African mines in the latest sign of the country's once mighty gold industry succumbing to declining output and soaring costs.
Loot valued at $20 million lies off the coast of Staten Island, and Ken Hayes is on the hunt for the sunken silver bullion.
Mint's bullion coin sales drop during July.
Venezuela cut its gold holdings by 3.733 tonnes in August, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Thursday, while Brazil added just under two tonnes of bullion to its reserves the following month.
The first level of the exhibit highlights the Mint 's history with artifacts from enormous bullion scales and coin presses to oversized coin design mock-ups sculpted by the Mint 's team of staff artists.
If you are using chicken broth instead of the drippings, you will probably need more like 10 c. For chicken bullion, you will likely need more like 7 cubes with 10 c.
In April, the U.K.-based record label Young Turks released 500 vinyl copies of You Drive Me To Plastic, the debut non-LP by London producer Bullion.
Here's how much bullion to add to a diversified portfolio and hedge against falling currencies.
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