gill

noun (1)
\ ˈjil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Definition of gill

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: a unit of liquid capacity equal to four fluid ounces — see Weights and Measures Table

gill

noun (2)
\ ˈgil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Definition of gill (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : an organ (as of a fish) for obtaining oxygen from water
b : the flesh under or about the chin or jaws usually used in plural
c : one of the radiating plates forming the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom fungus
to the gills
: as full or as much as possible a suitcase packed to the gills

gill

verb
\ ˈgil How to pronounce gill (audio) \
gilled; gilling; gills

Definition of gill (Entry 3 of 5)

intransitive verb

of fish : to become entangled in a gill net

gill

noun (3)
\ ˈgil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Definition of gill (Entry 4 of 5)

1 British : ravine
2 British : a narrow stream or rivulet

gill

noun (4), often capitalized
\ ˈjil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Definition of gill (Entry 5 of 5)

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Noun (2)

gilled \ ˈgild How to pronounce gill (audio) \ adjective

Verb

giller noun

Synonyms for gill

Synonyms: Noun (3)

Synonyms: Noun (4)

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First Known Use of gill

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (4)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gill

Noun (1)

Middle English gille, from Medieval Latin gillus, from Late Latin gillo, gello water pot

Noun (2)

Middle English gile, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish gäl gill, Old Norse gjǫlnar lips; akin to Greek chelynē lip, jawbone

Noun (3)

Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil; akin to Old High German gil hernia

Noun (4)

Middle English, from Gill, nickname for Gillian

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The first known use of gill was in the 14th century

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“Gill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gill. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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gill

noun
\ ˈjil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Kids Definition of gill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a unit of liquid capacity equal to a quarter of a pint (about 120 milliliters)

gill

noun
\ ˈgil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Kids Definition of gill (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organ (as of a fish) for taking oxygen from water

gill

noun
\ ˈjil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Medical Definition of gill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either of two units of capacity:
a : a British unit equal to ¹/₄ imperial pint or 8.669 cubic inches
b : a United States liquid unit equal to ¹/₄ United States liquid pint or 7.218 cubic inches

gill

noun
\ ˈgil How to pronounce gill (audio) \

Medical Definition of gill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an organ (as of a fish) for obtaining oxygen from water
2 : one of the radiating plates forming the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom

Other Words from gill

gilled \ ˈgild How to pronounce gill (audio) \ adjective

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