beverly sills

World English Dictionary
Sills (sɪlz)
Beverley, original name Belle Silverman. 1929--2007, US soprano: director of the New York City Opera (1979--89)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. syll "beam, large timber serving as a foundation of a wall," from P.Gmc. *suljo (cf. O.N. svill "framework of a building," M.L.G. sull, O.H.G. swelli, Ger. Schwelle "sill"), perhaps from PIE base *swel- "post, board" (cf. Gk. selma "beam"). Meaning "lower horizontal part of a window opening" is
recorded from 1428.
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Science Dictionary
sill   (sĭl)  Pronunciation Key 
A sheet of igneous rock intruded between layers of older rock. See illustration at batholith.
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