bill

1 [bil]
noun
1.
a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied: He paid the hotel bill when he checked out.
2.
a piece of paper money worth a specified amount: a ten-dollar bill.
3.
Government. a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
5.
a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
6.
any written paper containing a statement of particulars: a bill of expenditures.
7.
Law. a written statement, usually of complaint, presented to a court.
8.
Slang. one hundred dollars: The job pays five bills a week.
10.
entertainment scheduled for presentation; program: a good bill at the movies.
11.
Obsolete.
b.
a written and sealed document.
c.
a written, formal petition.
verb (used with object)
12.
to charge for by bill; send a bill to: The store will bill me.
13.
to enter (charges) in a bill; make a bill or list of: to bill goods.
14.
to advertise by bill or public notice: A new actor was billed for this week.
15.
to schedule on a program: The management billed the play for two weeks.
Idioms
16.
fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well: As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English bille < Anglo-French < Anglo-Latin billa for Late Latin bulla bull2

biller, noun


1. reckoning, invoice, statement. 5. bulletin, handbill, poster, placard, announcement, circular, throwaway, flyer, broadside.
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bill

2 [bil]
noun
1.
the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak. See diag. under bird.
2.
the visor of a cap or other head covering.
3.
a beaklike promontory or headland.
verb (used without object)
4.
to join bills or beaks, as doves.
Idioms
5.
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.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill3

bill

3 [bil]
noun
1.
a medieval shafted weapon having at its head a hooklike cutting blade with a beak at the back.
2.
Also called billman. a person armed with a bill.
3.
Also called billhook. a sharp, hooked instrument used for pruning, cutting, etc.
4.
Also called pea. Nautical. the extremity of a fluke of an anchor.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bil, Old English bill sword; cognate with Old High German bil pickax

bill

4 [bil]
noun British Dialect.
the cry of the bittern.

Origin:
1780–90; akin to bell2, bellow

Bill

[bil]
noun
a male given name, form of William.

Clinton

[klin-tn]
noun
1.
De Witt [duh wit] , 1769–1828, U.S. political leader and statesman: governor of New York 1817–21, 1825–28 (son of James Clinton).
2.
George, 1739–1812, governor of New York 1777–95, 1801–04: vice president of the U.S. 1805–12.
3.
Sir Henry, 1738?–95, commander in chief of the British forces in the American Revolutionary War.
4.
Hillary (Rodham) born 1947, U.S. politician: senator from New York 2001–2009; secretary of state 2009–2013 (wife of William J. Clinton).
5.
James, 1733–1812, American general in the Revolutionary War (brother of George Clinton).
6.
William J(efferson) ("Bill") born 1946, 42nd president of the U.S. 1993–2001.
7.
a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
8.
a city in central Maryland.
9.
a town in W Mississippi.
10.
a city in central Massachusetts.
11.
a town in S Connecticut.
12.
a male given name.

Cosby

[kawz-bee, koz]
noun
William Henry (Bill) born 1937, U.S. comedian and actor.

Dickey

[dik-ee]
noun
1.
James, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
2.
William ("Bill") 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.

Evans

[ev-uhnz]
noun
1.
Sir Arthur John, 1851–1941, English archaeologist.
2.
Dame Edith, 1888–1976, English actress.
3.
Herbert McLean [muh-kleyn] , 1882–1971, U.S. embryologist and anatomist.
4.
Janet, born 1971, U.S. swimmer.
5.
Mary Ann, Eliot, George.
6.
Maurice, 1901–1989, U.S. actor and producer, born in England.
7.
Oliver, 1755–1819, U.S. inventor: constructed the first high-pressure steam engine in the U.S. 1801?.
8.
Robley Dunglison [rob-lee duhng-gluh-suhn] , ("Fighting Bob") 1846–1912, U.S. admiral.
9.
Rudulph [roo-duhlf] , 1878–1960, U.S. sculptor.
10.
Walker, 1903–75, U.S. photographer.
11.
William John ("Bill") 1929–80, U.S. jazz pianist.
12.
a mountain in N central Colorado, in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. 14,264 feet (4348 meters).

Gates

[geyts]
noun
1.
Horatio, 1728–1806, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
2.
William ("Bill") born 1956, U.S. entrepreneur.

Haley

[hey-lee]
noun
1.
Alex, 1921–92, U.S. writer.
2.
William John Clifton ("Bill") 1925–81, U.S. musician: rockabilly pioneer.

Hartack

[hahr-tak]
noun
William John, Jr ("Bill") born 1932, U.S. jockey.

Mauldin

[mawl-duhn]
noun
William Henry ("Bill") 1921–2003, U.S. political cartoonist.

Monroe

[muhn-roh]
noun
1.
Harriet, 1861?–1936, U.S. editor and poet.
2.
James, 1758–1831, 5th president of the U.S. 1817–25.
3.
Marilyn (Norma Jean Baker or Mortenson) 1926–62, U.S. film actress.
4.
William Smith ("Bill"; "The Father of Bluegrass") 1911–96, U.S. musician, singer, and songwriter.
5.
a city in N Louisiana.
6.
a city in SE Michigan, on Lake Erie.
7.
a town in SW Connecticut.
8.
a city in S North Carolina.
9.
a town in S Wisconsin.
11.
a male given name.

Rodgers

[roj-erz]
noun
1.
James Charles ("Jimmie") 1897–1933, U.S. country-and-western singer, guitarist, and composer.
2.
Richard, 1902–79, U.S. composer of popular music.
3.
William Henry ("Bill") born 1947, U.S. distance runner.

Russell

[ruhs-uhl]
noun
1.
Bertrand (Arthur William), 3rd Earl, 1872–1970, English philosopher, mathematician, and author: Nobel Prize in literature 1950.
2.
Charles Edward, 1860–1941, U.S. journalist, sociologist, biographer, and political leader.
3.
Charles Taze [teyz] , ("Pastor Russell") 1852–1916, U.S. religious leader and publisher: founder of Jehovah's Witnesses.
4.
Elizabeth Mary, Countess (Mary Annette Beauchamp"Elizabeth") 1866–1941, Australian novelist.
5.
George William ("Æ") 1867–1935, Irish poet and painter.
6.
Henry Norris, 1877–1957, U.S. astronomer.
7.
John Russell, 1st Earl (Lord John Russell) 1792–1878, British statesman: prime minister 1846–52, 1865–66.
8.
Lillian (Helen Louise Leonard) 1861–1922, U.S. singer and actress.
9.
William Felton [fel-tn] , ("Bill") born 1934, U.S. basketball player and coach.
10.
a mountain in E California, in the Sierra Nevada. 14,088 feet (4294 meters).
11.
a mountain in S central Alaska, in the Alaska Range. 11,670 feet (3557 meters).
12.
a male given name.

Terry

[ter-ee]
noun
1.
Clark, born 1920, U.S. jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player and singer.
2.
Ellen (Alicia or Alice) 1848?–1928, English actress.
3.
Megan (Marguerite Duffy) born 1932, U.S. playwright and feminist.
4.
William ("Bill"; "Memphis Bill") 1898–1989, U.S. baseball player.
5.
a male given name, form of Terrence or Theodore.
6.
a female given name, form of Theresa.
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bill1 (bɪl)
 
n
1.  money owed for goods or services supplied: an electricity bill
2.  a written or printed account or statement of money owed
3.  chiefly (Brit) Usual US and Canadian word: check such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etc
4.  any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programme: who's on the bill tonight?
5.  informal fit the bill, fill the bill to serve or perform adequately
6.  a statute in draft, before it becomes law
7.  a printed notice or advertisement; poster
8.  (US), (Canadian) a piece of paper money; note
9.  an obsolete name for promissory note
10.  law See bill of indictment
11.  See bill of exchange
12.  See bill of fare
13.  archaic any document
 
vb
14.  to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
15.  to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
16.  to advertise by posters
17.  to schedule as a future programme: the play is billed for next week
 
[C14: from Anglo-Latin billa, alteration of Late Latin bulla document, bull³]

bill2 (bɪl)
 
n
1.  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
2.  any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
3.  a narrow promontory: Portland Bill
4.  nautical the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
 
vb
5.  (of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
6.  (of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
 
[Old English bile; related to billbill³]

bill3 (bɪl)
 
n
1.  a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
2.  short for billhook
 
[Old English bill sword, related to Old Norse bīldr instrument used in blood-letting, Old High German bil pickaxe]

bill4 (bɪl)
 
n
ornithol another word for boom
 
[C18: from dialect beelbell² (vb)]

Clinton (ˈklɪntən)
 
n
1.  Bill, full name William Jefferson Clinton. born 1946, US Democrat politician; 42nd president of the US (1993--2001)
2.  his wife, Hillary Rodham. born 1947, US politician and lawyer: first lady (1993--2001); senator from 2001

Evans (ˈɛvənz)
 
n
1.  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
2.  Dame Edith (Mary Booth). 1888--1976, British actress
3.  Sir Geraint (Llewellyn). 1922--92, Welsh operatic baritone
4.  Herbert McLean. 1882--1971, US anatomist and embryologist; discoverer of vitamin E (1922)
5.  Mary Ann. real name of (George): Eliot
6.  Oliver. 1755--1819, US engineer: invented the continuous production line and a high-pressure steam engine
7.  Walker. 1903--75, US photographer, noted esp for his studies of rural poverty in the Great Depression

Gates (ɡeɪts)
 
n
1.  Bill, full name William Henry Gates. born 1955, US computer-software executive; founder (1976) of Microsoft Corporation
2.  Henry Louis. born 1950, US scholar and critic, who pioneered African-American studies in such works as Figures in Black (1987)
3.  Horatio. ?1728--1806, American Revolutionary general: defeated the British at Saratoga (1777)

Haley (ˈheɪlɪ)
 
n
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)

Monroe (mənˈrəʊ)
 
n
1.  James. 1758--1831, US statesman; fifth president of the US (1817--25). He promulgated the Monroe Doctrine (1823)
2.  Marilyn, real name Norma Jean Baker or Mortenson. 1926--62, US film actress. Her films include Niagara (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Some Like It Hot (1959)

Rodgers (ˈrɒdʒəz)
 
n
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

Russell (ˈrʌsəl)
 
n
1.  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
2.  George William pen name æ. 1867--1935, Irish poet and journalist
3.  Henry Norris. 1877--1957, US astronomer and astrophysicist, who originated one form of the Hertzsprung--Russell diagram
4.  John, 1st Earl. 1792--1878, British statesman; prime minister (1846--52; 1865--66). He led the campaign to carry the 1832 Reform Act
5.  Ken. born 1927, 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)

terry (ˈtɛrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  an uncut loop in the pile of towelling or a similar fabric
2.  a.  a fabric with such a pile on both sides
 b.  (as modifier): a terry towel
 
[C18: perhaps variant of terret]

Terry (ˈtɛrɪ)
 
n
1.  Dame Ellen. 1847--1928, British actress, noted for her Shakespearean roles opposite Sir Henry Irving and for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw
2.  (John) Quinlan (ˈkwɪnlən). born 1937, British architect, noted for his works in neoclassical style, such as the Richmond riverside project (1984)

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terry
"loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut," 1784, possibly an alteration of Fr. tiré "drawn," from pp. of tirer "draw out" (cf. cognate Ger. gezogener Sammet "drawn velvet").

bill
"written statement," mid-14c., from Anglo-L. billa "list," from M.L. bulla "decree, seal, sealed document," in classical L. "bubble, boss, stud, amulet for the neck" (hence "seal;" see bull (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. The verb meaning "to send someone a bill of charge" is from 1867.

bill
"bird's beak," O.E., 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. O.H.G. bihal, O.N. bilda "hatchet," O.S. bil "sword"), from PIE base *bheie- "to cut, to strike." Used also in M.E. of beak-like
projections of land.

Russell
masc. proper name, from O.Fr. rous-el, dim. of rous "red," used as a personal name.
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Evans Ev·ans (ěv'ənz), Herbert McLean. 1882-1971.

American anatomist who isolated four pituitary hormones and discovered vitamin E (1922).

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Evans   (ěv'ənz)  Pronunciation Key 
American biologist who discovered vitamin E in 1922 and conducted research that led to the discovery of the growth hormone in the pituitary gland.
Russell   (rŭs'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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terry
terry cloth
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Example sentences for bill
Kane wrote, bill was disheartened by the lack of major accomplishments in his
  career.
The bill was defeated and lord derby formed a minority conservative
  administration.
The forehead is flattened, and the bill is strong and pointed.
The grimoire of exalted deeds is a metal fanzine edited by bill zebub.
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