bile

noun
\ ˈbī(-ə)l How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Definition of bile

1a : either of two humors associated in old physiology with irascibility and melancholy
b : a yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and passed into the duodenum where it aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats
2a : inclination to anger

Examples of bile in a Sentence

One writer objected to what she described as “the bile that is spewed from the newspaper's editorial page.” with considerable bile, the author recounts a childhood filled with misery and loneliness
Recent Examples on the Web His bile aimed at the Sulzberger family stems above all from the paper’s coverage and criticism of him, its refusal to knuckle under. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 This ensures that no new bears enter captivity for the bile industry. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 14 Dec. 2021 Calculous cholecystitis: This occurs a when a gallstone is blocking the duct through which bile travels. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, 13 Dec. 2021 Bears About the House, which included scenes from bear-bile farms in Laos. Stephen Armstrong, Wired, 2 Dec. 2021 Black bile, also known as melancholy, is the humour that remains most recognisable today. Mina Seçkin, refinery29.com, 17 Nov. 2021 The bile heaped on 13 GOP members who backed a bipartisan infrastructure bill revealed another example of the zealotry pulsating through the conservative populist movement. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 It’s like a melee of bone and bile, flesh and fever, every organ taking shots at the next guy. Kimberly Potts, Vulture, 29 Aug. 2021 Mama had Stage 4 bile-duct cancer, with a prognosis of six months to a year to live. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of bile

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bile

Latin bilis; akin to Welsh bustl bile

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7 Jan 2022

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“Bile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bile. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for bile

bile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bile

: a yellow or greenish liquid that is made by the liver and that helps the body to digest fats
: anger or hatred

bile

noun
\ ˈbīl How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Kids Definition of bile

: a thick bitter yellow or greenish fluid produced by the liver to aid in digestion of fats in the small intestine

bile

noun
\ ˈbī(ə)l How to pronounce bile (audio) \

Medical Definition of bile

1 : a yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid secreted by the liver and passed into the duodenum where it aids especially in the emulsification and absorption of fats

called also fel

2 : either of two humors associated in old physiology with irascibility and melancholy

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