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billy

[bil-ee] /ˈbɪl i/
noun, plural billies.
1.
Also called billy club. a police officer's club or baton.
2.
a heavy wooden stick used as a weapon; cudgel.
3.
Scot. Dialect, comrade.
4.
Also called billycan
[bil-ee-kan] /ˈbɪl iˌkæn/ (Show IPA)
. Australian. any container in which water may be carried and boiled over a campfire, ranging from a makeshift tin can to a special earthenware kettle; any pot or kettle in which tea is boiled over a campfire.
5.
Textiles. (in Great Britain) a roving machine.
Origin
Scots dialect
perhaps all independently derived generic uses of Billy (male name); for Australian sense compare Scots dialect billy-pot cooking pot

Billy

[bil-ee] /ˈbɪl i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of William.
2.
Also, Billye. a female given name.

Graham

[grey-uh m, gram] /ˈgreɪ əm, græm/
noun
1.
Katharine Meyer, 1917–2001, U.S. newspaper publisher.
2.
Martha, 1894–1991, U.S. dancer and choreographer.
3.
Thomas, 1805–69, Scottish chemist.
4.
William Franklin ("Billy") born 1918, U.S. evangelist.
5.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “gray home.”.

Strayhorn

[strey-hawrn] /ˈstreɪˌhɔrn/
noun
1.
William ("Billy") 1915–67, U.S. jazz pianist and composer: collaborator with Duke Ellington.

Bishop

[bish-uh p] /ˈbɪʃ əp/
noun
1.
Elizabeth, 1911–79, U.S. poet.
2.
Hazel (Gladys) 1906–1998, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
3.
John Peale, 1892–1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
4.
Morris (Gilbert) 1893–1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
5.
William Avery ("Billy") 1894–1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.

Bitzer

[bit-ser] /ˈbɪt sər/
noun
1.
George William (Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer"Billy") 1872–1944, U.S. cinematographer.
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British Dictionary definitions for billy

billy1

/ˈbɪlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
(US & Canadian) a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon
Word Origin
C19: special use of the name Billy, pet form of William

billy2

/ˈbɪlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies, -lycans
1.
a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
2.
(Austral & NZ) (as modifier): billy-tea
3.
(Austral & NZ, informal) to make tea
Word Origin
C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel

bishop

/ˈbɪʃəp/
noun
1.
(in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the Church See also suffragan related adjective episcopal
2.
(in some Protestant Churches) a spiritual overseer of a local church or a number of churches
3.
a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
4.
mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc
Word Origin
Old English biscop, from Late Latin epīscopus, from Greek episkopos, from epi- + skopos watcher

Bishop

/ˈbɪʃəp/
noun
1.
Elizabeth. 1911–79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics

graham

/ˈɡreɪəm/
noun
1.
(modifier) (mainly US & Canadian) made of graham flour: graham crackers
Word Origin
C19: named after S. Graham (1794–1851), American dietetic reformer

Graham

/ˈɡreɪəm/
noun
1.
Martha. 1893–1991, US dancer and choreographer
2.
Thomas. 1805–69, British physicist: proposed Graham's law (1831) of gaseous diffusion and coined the terms osmosis, crystalloids, and colloids
3.
William Franklin, known as Billy Graham. born 1918, US evangelist

Strayhorn

/ˈstreɪˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
Billy, full name William Strayhorn. 1915–67, US jazz composer and pianist, noted esp for his association (1939–67) with Duke Ellington
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Word Origin and History for billy
n.

"club," 1848, American English, originally burglars' slang for "crowbar;" meaning "policeman's club" first recorded 1856, probably from nickname of William, applied to various objects (cf. jack, jimmy, jenny).

Graham

in reference to crackers, etc., from unsifted whole-wheat flour, 1834, American English, from Sylvester Graham (1794-1851), U.S. dietetic reformer and temperance advocate. The family name is attested from early 12c., an Anglo-French form of the place name Grantham (Lincolnshire).

bishop

n.

Old English bisceop "bishop, high priest (Jewish or pagan)," from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos "watcher, overseer," a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi- "over" (see epi-) + skopos "watcher," from skeptesthai "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Given a specific sense in the Church, but the word also was used in the New Testament as a descriptive title for elders, and continues as such in some non-hierarchical Christian sects.

A curious example of word-change, as effected by the genius of different tongues, is furnished by the English bishop and the French évêque. Both are from the same root, furnishing, perhaps the only example of two words from a common stem so modifying themselves in historical times as not to have a letter in common. (Of course many words from a far off Aryan stem are in the same condition.) The English strikes off the initial and terminal syllables, leaving only piscop, which the Saxon preference for the softer labial and hissing sounds modified into bishop. Évêque (formerly evesque) merely softens the p into v and drops the last syllable. [William S. Walsh, "Handy-Book of Literary Curiosities," Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1892]
Late Latin episcopus in Spanish became obispo. Cognate with Old Saxon biscop, Old High German biscof. The chess piece (formerly archer, before that alfin) was so called from 1560s.

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billy in Medicine

Bishop Bish·op (bĭsh'əp), J. Michael. Born 1936.

American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.

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billy in Science
Bishop
  (bĭsh'əp)   
American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
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billy in Culture

bishop definition


In some Christian churches, a person appointed to oversee a group of priests or ministers and their congregations. In the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, bishops are considered the successors of the Twelve Apostles.

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Slang definitions & phrases for billy

billy

noun

A club or truncheon, now esp one carried by the police •Associated with the police fr the 1850s, but a reference of the 1880s still describes only what would now be called a blackjack, definitely a criminal's weapon

[1840s+; said to be a burglar's pet or secret name for his crowbar, along with Jemmy or Jimmy; he also used it as a weapon]


billycan

noun

A container for heating water or for cooking (Hoboes 1880s+ Australian usage)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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billy in the Bible

an overseer. In apostolic times, it is quite manifest that there was no difference as to order between bishops and elders or presbyters (Acts 20:17-28; 1 Pet. 5:1, 2; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3). The term bishop is never once used to denote a different office from that of elder or presbyter. These different names are simply titles of the same office, "bishop" designating the function, namely, that of oversight, and "presbyter" the dignity appertaining to the office. Christ is figuratively called "the bishop [episcopos] of souls" (1 Pet. 2:25).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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