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A conical-nosed cylindrical weight, attached to a wire rope or line, either notched or seated to engage and attach itself to the upper end of a wire line core barrel or other retrievable or retractable device that has been placed in a borehole. Also known as bug; go-devil; overshot.
A scraper with self-adjusting spring blades, inserted in a pipeline and carried forward by the fluid pressure, clearing away accumulations or debris from the walls of a pipe. Also known as go-devil.
A bullet-shaped weight or small explosive charge dropped to explode a charge of nitroglycerin placed in a borehole. Also known as go-devil.
An electric lamp covered by a conical metal case, usually at the end of a flexible metal shaft.
(graphic arts)
A hollow hemispherical shell, made of iron and filled with pitch, which holds small objects during the execution of artistic designs in metal.
(graphic arts)
A circle or other graphic character, about the height of a lowercase letter, used to set off items in a list.
A small, lustrous, nearly spherical industrial diamond.
The projectile fired, or intended to be fired, from a small arm.


(pop culture)

According to Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire expert in the novel Dracula, a “sacred bullet” fired into a coffin containing a vampire will kill it. It was not an option that was pursued during the course of Dracula. Generally, however, a bullet, in this case a silver bullet, was the traditional means of killing werewolves, and guns have been thought to have little or no effect on vampires. Stoker derived this insight directly from Emily Gerard’s article, “Transylvanian Superstitions” later incorporated in her book, The Land beyond the Forest, his major source for information on Transylvania. Gerard reported that a bullet fired into the coffin was a means of killing vampires among the Transylvanian peasantry.

The idea was used in twentieth-century novels and movies, which frequently pictured the vampire’s fate when confronted with modern weaponry. In those cases, however, if the vampire was hurt by the attack, the harm was very temporary, and the vampire quickly recovered to wreak vengeance upon those secularists who would put their faith in modern mechanical artifacts.

Relative to vampire movies, attacking vampires with bullets can be divided into three categories: incidents in which a bullet is fired into a vampire’s body, usually with no effect; a bullet fired into the head with the idea of causing significant destruction to the brain; and fire from automatic weapons, which have the effect of cutting through the body (much as a large sword) destroying body parts and severing the spine. Occasionally, guns may be used to deliver silver or wood into a vampire.


Gerard, Emily. The Land beyond the Forest. 2 vols. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1888.
———. “Transylvanian Superstitions.” The Nineteenth-Century 18 (1885): 135–50. Rept. in Peter Haining, ed. The Dracula Scrapbook. New York: Bramwell House, 1975.



the head of a cartridge for an infantry, hunting, or sporting gun.

Bullets for infantry weapons are classified as conventional and special. Conventional bullets are designed to hit personnel deployed in the open or behind shelters that can be penetrated by the bullet. Special bullets, in addition to hitting personnel, may be used as tracers for adjustment of fire and target indication. (They contain a tracer compound, which ignites upon firing and leaves a trace in flight that is visible by day or night.) Armor-piercing bullets are used for engaging lightly armored targets. Other special kinds are incendiary bullets, used for setting easily ignited substances on fire, and armor-piercing incendiary bullets, for hitting and igniting lightly armored targets. Bullets are classified by caliber as small (up to 6.5 mm), normal (7.5-7.69 mm), and large (12.7–15 mm). The bullet is held in the cartridge neck by circular crimping. Explosive dumdums have also been used in some armies.

For hunting (smooth-bore) guns there are round and special bullets. The most common special bullets are the Jacan and Brennecke.

What does it mean when you dream about a bullet?

Can be a symbol of violence, or of an attack. In traditional psychoanalysis, a bullet can be a sexual symbol (penis, impregnation). We also sometimes talk about “biting the bullet” and “sweating bullets.”

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