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The English longbow yeomen were directed to practice frequently, and it has been stated that there was often a practice held immediately after church services in small hamlets, the only time during the week when many of the archers would gather. A common target was the white skull of a bull, and the greatest skill could be illustrated by getting a "bull's eye".
Another common shooting term derives from this activity, when the archer is far from the target, the arrow must be pointed high, due to the arched trajectory of an arrow. When the archer is very close to the target, then he may point directly, without aiming above the white bull's skull, hence "pointing at the white", or "point blanc" as it was stated in those times. The term is now an established military term, "point blank" range, or the distance at which a firearm can be directly aimed at the target without consideration of the arched trajectory. Modern firearms often have a point blank range of a few hundred yards.


  1. The centre of a target
  2. A peppermint flavoured sweet (UK) or candy (US), with stripes on it.
  3. (obsolete) Thick glass set into the side of a ship to let in light.
  4. A shot which hits the centre of a target.
  5. A hand-cancelled postmark issued by a counter clerk at a post office, typically done on a receipt for proof of mailing.
  6. Thick glass window with concentric ripple effect


The centre of a target
A peppermint flavoured sweet
Thick glass set into the side of a ship to let in light
A shot which hits the centre of a target


  1. A cry when someone hits the bullseye of a target.
  2. By extension, a response when someone makes an accurate statement.
    "Did John steal the petty-cash?" "Bullseye"


A cry
By extension, a response when someone makes an accurate statement

Related terms

bullseye lantern.

See also

bull's eye

Extensive Definition

A bullseye is the center of a target of concentric circles.
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bullseye in Simple English: Bullseye
bullseye in Finnish: Häränsilmä
bullseye in Swedish: Bullseye
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