- a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied: He paid the hotel bill when he checked out.
- a piece of paper money worth a specified amount: a ten-dollar bill.
- Government. a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
- bill of exchange.
- a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
- any written paper containing a statement of particulars: a bill of expenditures.
- Law. a written statement, usually of complaint, presented to a court.
- Slang. one hundred dollars: The job pays five bills a week.
- entertainment scheduled for presentation; program: a good bill at the movies.
- a promissory note.
- a written and sealed document.
- a written, formal petition.
verb (used with object)
- to charge for by bill; send a bill to: The store will bill me.
- to enter (charges) in a bill; make a bill or list of: to bill goods.
- to advertise by bill or public notice: A new actor was billed for this week.
- to schedule on a program: The management billed the play for two weeks.
- fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well: As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.
- the parts of a bird’s jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak.
- the visor of a cap or other head covering.
- a beaklike promontory or headland.
verb (used without object)
- to join bills or beaks, as doves.
- bill and coo, to kiss or fondle and whisper endearments, as lovers: My sister and her boyfriend were billing and cooing on the front porch.
- a medieval shafted weapon having at its head a hooklike cutting blade with a beak at the back.
- Also called billman. a person armed with a bill.
- Also called billhook. a sharp, hooked instrument used for pruning, cutting, etc.
- Also called pea. Nautical. the extremity of a fluke of an anchor.
noun British Dialect.
- the cry of the bittern.
- a male given name, form of William.
- Alex,1921–92, U.S. writer.
- William John CliftonBill, 1925–81, U.S. musician: rockabilly pioneer.
- William John, Jr.Bill, 1932–2007, U.S. jockey.
- William HenryBill, 1921–2003, U.S. political cartoonist.
- Harriet,1861?–1936, U.S. editor and poet.
- James,1758–1831, 5th president of the U.S. 1817–25.
- MarilynNorma Jean Baker or Mortenson, 1926–62, U.S. film actress.
- William SmithBillThe Father of Bluegrass, 1911–96, U.S. musician, singer, and songwriter.
- a city in N Louisiana.
- a city in SE Michigan, on Lake Erie.
- a town in SW Connecticut.
- a city in S North Carolina.
- a town in S Wisconsin.
- Fort. Fort Monroe.
- a male given name.
- James CharlesJimmie, 1897–1933, U.S. country-and-western singer, guitarist, and composer.
- Richard,1902–79, U.S. composer of popular music.
- William HenryBill, born 1947, U.S. distance runner.
- Bertrand (Arthur William), 3rd Earl,1872–1970, English philosopher, mathematician, and author: Nobel Prize in literature 1950.
- Charles Edward,1860–1941, U.S. journalist, sociologist, biographer, and political leader.
- Charles Taze [teyz] /teɪz/, Pastor Russell, 1852–1916, U.S. religious leader and publisher: founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- Elizabeth Mary, CountessMary Annette BeauchampElizabeth, 1866–1941, Australian novelist.
- George WilliamÆ, 1867–1935, Irish poet and painter.
- Henry Norris,1877–1957, U.S. astronomer.
- John Russell, 1st EarlLord John Russell, 1792–1878, British statesman: prime minister 1846–52, 1865–66.
- LillianHelen Louise Leonard, 1861–1922, U.S. singer and actress.
- William Fel·ton [fel-tn] /ˈfɛl tn/, Bill, born 1934, U.S. basketball player and coach.
- Mount, a mountain in E California, in the Sierra Nevada. 14,088 feet (4294 meters).
- a mountain in S central Alaska, in the Alaska Range. 11,670 feet (3557 meters).
- a male given name.
- Clark,1920–2015, U.S. jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player and singer.
- Ellen (Alicia or Alice),1848?–1928, English actress.
- MeganMarguerite Duffy, born 1932, U.S. playwright and feminist.
- WilliamBillMemphis Bill, 1898–1989, U.S. baseball player.
- a male given name, form of Terrence or Theodore.
- a female given name, form of Theresa.
- De Witt [duh wit] /də ˈwɪt/, 1769–1828, U.S. political leader and statesman: governor of New York 1817–21, 1825–28 (son of James Clinton).
- George,1739–1812, governor of New York 1777–95, 1801–04: vice president of the U.S. 1805–12.
- Sir Henry,1738?–95, commander in chief of the British forces in the American Revolutionary War.
- Hillary (Rodham),born 1947, U.S. politician: senator from New York 2001–2009; secretary of state 2009–2013 (wife of William J. Clinton).
- James,1733–1812, American general in the Revolutionary War (brother of George Clinton).
- William J(efferson)Bill, born 1946, 42nd president of the U.S. 1993–2001.
- a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
- a city in central Maryland.
- a town in W Mississippi.
- a city in central Massachusetts.
- a town in S Connecticut.
- a male given name.
- William HenryBill, born 1937, U.S. comedian and actor.
- James,1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
- WilliamBill, 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
- Sir Arthur John,1851–1941, English archaeologist.
- Dame Edith,1888–1976, English actress.
- Herbert Mc·Lean [muh-kleyn] /məˈkleɪn/, 1882–1971, U.S. embryologist and anatomist.
- Janet,born 1971, U.S. swimmer.
- Mary Ann. Eliot, George.
- Maurice,1901–1989, U.S. actor and producer, born in England.
- Oliver,1755–1819, U.S. inventor: constructed the first high-pressure steam engine in the U.S. 1801?.
- Rob·ley Dun·gli·son [rob-lee duhng-gluh-suh n] /ˈrɒb li ˈdʌŋ glə sən/, Fighting Bob, 1846–1912, U.S. admiral.
- Ru·dulph [roo-duhlf] /ˈru dʌlf/, 1878–1960, U.S. sculptor.
- Walker,1903–75, U.S. photographer.
- William JohnBill, 1929–80, U.S. jazz pianist.
- Mount, a mountain in N central Colorado, in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. 14,264 feet (4348 meters).
- Horatio,1728–1806, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
- WilliamBill, born 1956, U.S. entrepreneur.
- money owed for goods or services suppliedan electricity bill
- a written or printed account or statement of money owed
- mainly British such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etcUsual US and Canadian word: check
- any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programmewho’s on the bill tonight?
- fit the bill or fill the bill informal to serve or perform adequately
- a statute in draft, before it becomes law
- a printed notice or advertisement; poster
- US and Canadian a piece of paper money; note
- an obsolete name for promissory note
- law See bill of indictment
- See bill of exchange
- See bill of fare
- archaic any document
- to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
- to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
- to advertise by posters
- to schedule as a future programmethe play is billed for next week
- the mouthpart of a bird, consisting of projecting jaws covered with a horny sheath; beak. It varies in shape and size according to the type of food eaten and may also be used as a weapon
- any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
- a narrow promontoryPortland Bill
- nautical the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
- (of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
- (of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
- a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
- short for billhook
- ornithol another word for boom 1 (def. 4)
- Bill, full name William Jefferson Clinton . born 1946, US Democrat politician; 42nd president of the US (1993–2001)
- his wife, Hillary Rodham. born 1947, US Democrat politician and lawyer: first lady (1993–2001); senator (2001–09); secretary of state (2009–13)
- Sir Arthur (John). 1851–1941, British archaeologist, whose excavations of the palace of Knossos in Crete provided evidence for the existence of the Minoan civilization
- Dame Edith (Mary Booth). 1888–1976, British actress
- Sir Geraint (Llewellyn). 1922–92, Welsh operatic baritone
- Herbert McLean. 1882–1971, US anatomist and embryologist; discoverer of vitamin E (1922)
- Mary Ann. real name of (George) Eliot (def. 1)
- Oliver. 1755–1819, US engineer: invented the continuous production line and a high-pressure steam engine
- Walker. 1903–75, US photographer, noted esp for his studies of rural poverty in the Great Depression
- Bill, full name William Henry Gates. born 1955, US computer-software executive and philanthropist; founder (1976) of Microsoft Corporation
- Henry Louis. born 1950, US scholar and critic, who pioneered African-American studies in such works as Figures in Black (1987)
- Horatio. ?1728–1806, American Revolutionary general: defeated the British at Saratoga (1777)
- Bill, full name William John Clifton Haley. 1925–81, US rock and roll singer, best known for his recording of “Rock Around the Clock” (1955)
- James. 1758–1831, US statesman; fifth president of the US (1817–25). He promulgated the Monroe Doctrine (1823)
- Marilyn, born Norma Jeane Mortenson. later Norma Jeane Baker, sometimes spelled Norma Jean, 1926–62, US film actress. Her films include Niagara (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Some Like It Hot (1959)
- Richard . 1902–79, US composer of musical comedies. He collaborated with the librettist Lorenz Hart on such musicals as A Connecticut Yankee (1927), On Your Toes (1936), and Pal Joey (1940). After Hart’s death his librettist was Oscar Hammerstein II. Two of their musicals, Oklahoma! (1943) and South Pacific (1949), received the Pulitzer Prize
noun plural -ries
- an uncut loop in the pile of towelling or a similar fabric
- a fabric with such a pile on both sides
- (as modifier)a terry towel
- Dame Ellen. 1847–1928, British actress, noted for her Shakespearean roles opposite Sir Henry Irving and for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw
- (John) Quinlan (ˈkwɪnlən). born 1937, British architect, noted for his works in neoclassical style, such as the Richmond riverside project (1984)
- Bertrand (Arthur William), 3rd Earl. 1872–1970, British philosopher and mathematician. His books include Principles of Mathematics (1903), Principia Mathematica (1910–13) with A. N. Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (1919), The Problems of Philosophy (1912), The Analysis of Mind (1921), and An Enquiry into Meaning and Truth (1940): Nobel prize for literature 1950
- George William pen name æ . 1867–1935, Irish poet and journalist
- Henry Norris . 1877–1957, US astronomer and astrophysicist, who originated one form of the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram
- John, 1st Earl. 1792–1878, British statesman; prime minister (1846–52; 1865–66). He led the campaign to carry the 1832 Reform Act
- Ken . 1927–2011, British film director. His films include Women in Love (1969), The Music Lovers (1970), The Boy Friend (1971), Valentino (1977), Gothic (1986), and The Rainbow (1989)
“written statement,” mid-14c., from Anglo-French bille, Anglo-Latin billa “list,” from Medieval Latin bulla “decree, seal, sealed document,” in classical Latin “bubble, boss, stud, amulet for the neck” (hence “seal;” see bull (n.2)). Sense of “account, invoice” first recorded c.1400; that of “order to pay” (technically bill of exchange) is from 1570s; that of “paper money” is from 1660s. Meaning “draft of an act of Parliament” is from 1510s.
“bird’s beak,” Old English bill “bill, bird’s beak,” related to bill, a poetic word for a kind of sword (especially one with a hooked blade), from a common Germanic word for cutting or chopping weapons (cf. Old High German bihal, Old Norse bilda “hatchet,” Old Saxon bil “sword”), from PIE root *bheie- “to cut, to strike” (cf. Armenian bir “cudgel,” Greek phitos “block of wood,” Old Church Slavonic biti “to strike,” Old Irish biail “ax”). Used also in Middle English of beak-like projections of land (e.g. Portland Bill).
ancient weapon, Old English bill “sword (especially one with a hooked blade), chopping tool,” common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon bil “sword,” Middle Dutch bile, Dutch bijl, Old High German bihal, German Beil, Old Norse bilda “hatchet.” See bill (n.2).
“loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut,” 1784, possibly an alteration of French tiré “drawn,” from past participle of tirer “draw out” (cf. German gezogener Sammet “drawn velvet”).
masc. proper name, from Old French rous-el, diminutive of rous “red,” used as a personal name. See russet.
- American anatomist who isolated four pituitary hormones and discovered vitamin E (1922).
- American biologist who discovered vitamin E in 1922 and conducted research that led to the discovery of the growth hormone in the pituitary gland.
- American astronomer who studied binary stars and developed methods to calculate their mass and distances. Working independently of Ejnar Hertzsprung, Russell also demonstrated the relationship between types of stars and their absolute magnitude. This correlation is now known as the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.
see clean bill of health; fill the bill; foot the bill; sell a bill of goods.