Search Result for "bullion":
1. a mass of precious metal;
2. gold or silver in bars or ingots;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bullion \Bul"lion\ (b[.u]l"y[u^]n), n. [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.] 1. Uncoined gold or silver in the mass. [1913 Webster] Note: Properly, the precious metals are called bullion, when smelted and not perfectly refined, or when refined, but in bars, ingots or in any form uncoined, as in plate. The word is often often used to denote gold and silver, both coined and uncoined, when reckoned by weight and in mass, including especially foreign, or uncurrent, coin. [1913 Webster] 2. Base or uncurrent coin. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And those which eld's strict doom did disallow, And damm for bullion, go for current now. --Sylvester. [1913 Webster] 3. Showy metallic ornament, as of gold, silver, or copper, on bridles, saddles, etc. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The clasps and bullions were worth a thousand pound. --Skelton. [1913 Webster] 4. Heavy twisted fringe, made of fine gold or silver wire and used for epaulets; also, any heavy twisted fringe whose cords are prominent. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
bullion n 1: a mass of precious metal 2: gold or silver in bars or ingotsMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "bullion": bar, button, cast, casting, coin gold, coin silver, copper, earth metals, gate, gold, gold dust, gold nugget, ingot, metal, metal foil, metal leaf, metalleity, metallicity, metallics, metalloid, metalware, metalwork, native metals, nickel, noble metals, nugget, pig, precious metals, rare metals, regulus, semimetal, sheet metal, silver, sow, yellow stuffBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BULLION. In its usual acceptation, is uncoined gold or silver, in bars, plates, or other masses. 1 East, P. C. 188. 2. In the acts of Congress, the term is also applied to copper properly manufactured for the purpose of being coined into money. For the acts of Congress, authorizing the coinage of bullion for private individuals, see Act of April 2, 1792, s. 14, 1 Story, 230; Act of May 19, 1828, 4 Sharsw. cont. of Story's Laws U. S. 2120; Act of June 28, 1834, Id. 2376; Act of January 18, 1837, Id. 2522 to 2529. See, for the English law on the subject of crimes against bullion, 1 Hawk. P. C. 32 to 41.