bill


1bill

noun \ˈbil\

Definition of BILL

1
:  the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering
2
:  a mouthpart (as the beak of a turtle) that resembles a bird's bill
3
:  the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration
4
:  the visor of a cap or hood

Illustration of BILL

Origin of BILL

Middle English bile, from Old English; akin to Old English bill
First Known Use: before 12th century

2bill

intransitive verb

Definition of BILL

1
:  to touch and rub bill to bill
2
:  to caress affectionately <billing and cooing>

First Known Use of BILL

1584

3bill

noun

Definition of BILL

1
:  a weapon in use up to the 18th century that consists of a long staff ending in a hook-shaped blade
2
:  billhook

Origin of BILL

Middle English bil, from Old English bill sword; akin to Old High German bill pickax
First Known Use: 14th century

4bill

noun

Definition of BILL

1
:  an itemized list or a statement of particulars (as a list of materials or of members of a ship's crew)
2
:  a written document or note
3
obsolete :  a formal petition
4
a :  an itemized account of the separate cost of goods sold, services performed, or work done :  invoice
b :  an amount expended or owed
c :  a statement of charges for food or drink :  check
5
a :  a written or printed advertisement posted or otherwise distributed to announce an event of interest to the public; especially :  an announcement of a theatrical entertainment
b :  a programmed presentation (as a motion picture, play, or concert)
6
:  a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment; also :  the law itself <the GI bill>
7
:  a declaration in writing stating a wrong a complainant has suffered from a defendant or stating a breach of law by some person <a bill of complaint>
8
a :  a piece of paper money
b :  an individual or commercial note <bills receivable>
c slang :  one hundred dollars
fill the bill or fit the bill
:  to be exactly what is needed :  be suitable

Origin of BILL

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French bille, from Medieval Latin billa, perhaps alteration of bulla, papal seal, bull — more at bull
First Known Use: 14th century

5bill

transitive verb

Definition of BILL

1
a :  to enter in an accounting system :  prepare a bill of (charges)
b :  to submit a bill of charges to
c :  to enter (as freight) in a waybill
d :  to issue a bill of lading to or for
2
:  to announce (as a performance) especially by posters or placards
3
:  advertise, promote <the book is billed as a “report” — P. G. Altbach>
bill·able adjective

First Known Use of BILL

14th century

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