Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BULLET, Bullat, Boolad, Billet, n. and v. [′bʌlət, ′bɪlət, ′blət Sc.; ′buləd Cai.]
1. n. ‡(1) A game played with a round iron ball, like bowls.
Sc. 1701–1731 R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club 1842) I. 73:
The Marquise of Argyle . . . was playing at the bullets with some gentlemen of the country. Gsw. 1927 D. Murray Old College of Glasgow 426:
Other outside games were Bowls, Quoits and the Bullet, in some places known as Knappar. This was an iron ball . . . hurled along a level surface, the contest being who would hurl it furthest. [Played in author's boyhood.]
(2) “A large stone” (Crm. 1911 J. Watson W.-L., bullat; 1913 D. Finlayson W.-L., billet); “any rounded boulder found in till or boulder clay” (Cai.7, boolad; Bnff.2, Arg.1 1937).
Mearns 1809 G. Robertson Gen. View Agric. Kcd. 334:
But the stones there were little calculated for building, being all round, water-worn bullets.
†Comb.: bulletstane, “a round stone” (Sc. 1808 Jam.), “used as a bullet for throwing along the highway in the game of Lang Bullet” (Sc. 1818 Sawers Dict. Sc. Lang. 26).
(3) “A hail-stone” (Bnff.2 1937; Abd.13 1914). In pl.: “a shower of hail or frozen snow. Also called bullety rain” (Bch. 1914 T.S.D.C. I.).
2. v. To hail.
Ayr. 1914 2 :
It's bulletin' on yet.
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