bill

noun (1)
\ˈbil \

Definition of bill 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 biology : the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering a duck's bill

2 biology : a mouthpart (such as the beak of a turtle) that resembles a bird's bill

3 nautical : the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration

4 : the visor (see visor sense 2a) of a cap or hood

bill

verb (1)
billed; billing; bills

Definition of bill (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to touch and rub bill to bill (see bill entry 1 sense 1) a pair of doves billing

2 : to caress affectionately billing and cooing

bill

noun (2)

Definition of bill (Entry 3 of 5)

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

2 : billhook

bill

noun (3)

Definition of bill (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : an itemized list or a statement of particulars (such as a list of materials or of members of a ship's crew) a bill of quantities

2 : a written document or note

3 obsolete : a formal petition

4a : an itemized account of the separate cost of goods sold, services performed, or work done : invoice a bill of charges

b : an amount expended or owed paid the electricity bill

c : a statement of charges for food or drink : check asked the waiter to bring the bill

5a : a written or printed advertisement posted or otherwise distributed to announce an event of interest to the public The sign read "Post no bills." especially : an announcement of a theatrical entertainment Who is on the bill?

b : a programmed presentation (such as a motion picture, play, or concert) the opening of a new bill

6 government : a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment a bill set before Congress also : the law itself the GI bill

7 law : 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

8a : a piece of paper money a $20 bill

b : an individual or commercial note (see note entry 2 sense 3c(1)) bills receivable

c slang : one hundred dollars

fill the bill or fit the bill

: to be exactly what is needed : be suitable

bill

verb (2)
billed; billing; bills

Definition of bill (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to enter in an accounting system : prepare a bill of (charges) billing each month's charges

b : to submit a bill (see bill entry 4 sense 4a) of charges to They bill their customers every month.

c : to enter (something, such as freight) in a waybill

d : to issue a bill of lading to or for

2 : to announce (something, such as a performance) especially by posters or placards Both writers are billed to appear at the conference.

3 : advertise, promote the book is billed as a "report"— P. G. Altbach

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Noun (1)

1bill 1: 1 spoonbill, 2 duck, 3 parrot, 4 flamingo, 5 eagle, 6 finch, 7 pelican, 8 hummingbird, 9 ibis

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from bill

Verb (2)

billable \ ˈbi-​lə-​bəl \ adjective

First Known Use of bill

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bill

Noun (1)

Middle English bile, from Old English; akin to Old English bill

Verb (1)

see bill entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English bil, from Old English bill sword; akin to Old High German bill pickax

Noun (3)

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French bille, from Medieval Latin billa, perhaps alteration of bulla, papal seal, bull — more at bull

Verb (2)

see bill entry 4

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bill

noun
\ˈbil \

Kids Definition of bill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering

2 : a part of an animal (as a turtle) that resembles the bill of a bird

Other Words from bill

billed \ ˈbild \ adjective

bill

noun

Kids Definition of bill (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a draft of a law presented to a legislature for consideration The representative introduced a bill in Congress.

2 : a record of goods sold, services performed, or work done with the cost involved a telephone bill

3 : a piece of paper money a dollar bill

4 : a sign or poster advertising something

bill

verb
billed; billing

Kids Definition of bill (Entry 3 of 3)

: to send a bill to I was billed for the repairs.

bill

noun

Legal Definition of bill 

1 : a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment also : the law itself the GI bill

appropriations bill \ ə-​ˌprō-​prē-​ˈā-​shənz-​ \

: a bill providing money for government expenses and programs

Note: Appropriations bills originate in the House of Representatives.

bill of attainder

1 : a legislative act formerly permitted that attainted a person and imposed a sentence of death without benefit of a judicial trial — see also attainder — compare bill of pains and penalties in this entry

2 : a legislative act that imposes any punishment on a named or implied individual or group without a trial

Note: Bills of attainder are prohibited by Article I of the U.S. Constitution.

bill of pains and penalties

: a legislative act formerly permitted that imposed a punishment less severe than death without benefit of a judicial trial — compare bill of attainder in this entry

Note: The term bill of attainder is often used to include bills of pains and penalties. Bills of pains and penalties are included in the constitutional ban on bills of attainder.

clean bill

: a bill in its form as amended and newly introduced to the legislature by a legislative committee

engrossed bill

: a bill printed in the form in which it was passed by one chamber of Congress and certified by the appropriate legislative official

enrolled bill

: a copy of a bill in the form in which it is passed in the legislature including all changes introduced before enactment that is kept as evidence of the law

House bill

: a bill originating in the House of Representatives

money bill

: revenue bill in this entry

omnibus bill \ ˈäm-​ni-​ˌbəs-​ \

: a bill that includes a number of miscellaneous provisions or appropriations

private bill

: a bill affecting a particular person, organization, or locality as distinguished from all the people or the whole area of a political unit

public bill

: a bill affecting the community (as a nation or state) at large

revenue bill

: a bill (as for imposing a tax) for raising money for any public purpose

called also money bill

Note: The U.S. Constitution requires all bills for raising revenue to originate in the House of Representatives.

2 : the pleading used to begin a suit in equity that sets forth the basis for one's claim against another

called also bill in equity

3a : a form or device of procedure used in civil actions

bill in the nature of a bill of review

: an equitable bill seeking to have a court decree set aside that is brought by someone who was not a party to the original suit usually before the decree is entered in the record — compare bill of review in this entry

Note: Bills in the nature of a bill of review were abolished in federal practice by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(e).

bill in the nature of interpleader

: a bill of interpleader in which the plaintiff is allowed to claim an interest in the subject matter of the suit — compare bill of interpleader in this entry interpleader

Note: In federal practice, bills in the nature of interpleader have been abandoned in favor of interpleader as described in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 22.

bill of complaint

: complaint used especially in equity actions

bill of costs

: a bill setting forth the expenses in connection with a suit that a party seeks to have paid by an opposing party

bill of exceptions

: a bill setting forth the exceptions and objections to rulings made at trial and the evidence relevant to them for the purpose of appeal or other review

Note: Bills of exceptions are no longer required in federal practice under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, but they are still used in some state courts.

bill of interpleader

: a bill brought by a plaintiff who seeks a court determination of the conflicting claims of two or more defendants to the subject matter of the suit (as money owed by the plaintiff) and who has no interest in the subject matter and no preference as to which defendant prevails

called also strict bill of interpleader

— compare bill in the nature of interpleader in this entry interpleader

Note: Under most modern rules of procedure, the requirements for interpleader have been relaxed and the distinction between a bill of interpleader and a bill in the nature of interpleader no longer exists.

bill of particulars \ -​pər-​ˈti-​kyə-​lərz \

: a bill containing a detailed listing and explanation of the claims made by the plaintiff

Note: Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12, bills of particulars have been abandoned in favor of the expanded rules for discovery and the motion for a more definite statement.

bill of peace

: an equitable bill used to settle the rights of parties in one suit and avoid repeated litigation

bill of review

: an equitable bill used to start a suit to have the final judgment of a previous suit set aside — compare bill in the nature of a bill of review in this entry

Note: Bills of review are used when another device for review, such as appeal, is not available, as when the period to bring it has expired. Bills of review are abolished in federal practice by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(e).

creditorʼs bill

: an equitable bill by which a creditor who has won a court judgment against a debtor can compel payment from the debtor out of the property that is not otherwise reachable by legal process

cross bill

: an equitable bill by which a party to a suit can bring a claim against any other party

Note: Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 13, cross bills are replaced by counterclaims and cross-claims.

strict bill of interpleader

: bill of interpleader in this entry

b : a device or instrument used in criminal procedure

bill of indictment

: an instrument that contains the charges against a defendant and that is presented to a grand jury for determination after a preliminary hearing whether there is enough evidence to issue an indictment

called also indictment

— compare no bill and true bill in this entry

bill of information
bill of particulars \ -​pər-​ˈti-​kyə-​lərz \

: a bill that a defendant may request in which the prosecution sets out in detail the facts forming the basis for the criminal charges against the defendant

no bill

: a bill returned by a grand jury that has determined the evidence in a bill of indictment to be insufficient to warrant prosecution also : the finding of the grand jury that the evidence is insufficient

called also ignoramus, no true bill

true bill

: a bill returned by a grand jury that has found the evidence in a bill of indictment sufficient to warrant prosecution : indictment

4 : an itemized account of goods sold, services performed, or work done

5 : a written instrument setting out the terms of a transaction involving goods: as

a : bill of lading

b : bill of sale

6 : a piece of paper money

7 : a written instrument providing proof of an obligation to pay money

bill of credit

: an instrument written by a banker certifying to another that a person named in the instrument is entitled to draw on the banker's funds or credit up to a certain amount : letter of credit

bill of exchange

: an instrument by one party directing another party to pay a named third party or anyone bearing it a specific amount of money on a named future date or on demand also : draft

due bill

: a bill given by a bank to the purchaser of a security in place of the security itself that entitles the purchaser to receive payment upon presentation

Treasury bill

: a short-term obligation sold by the government at a discount that bears no interest but is payable at its face value at maturity — compare Treasury bond at bond sense 2, Treasury note at note

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