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bis1

[bis] /bɪs/
adverb
1.
2.
again (used interjectionally as an enthusiastic call for the repetition of a musical performance).
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Italian < Latin; OL duis twice

bis2

[bis] /bɪs/
noun
1.
a sheer, often embroidered linen, used in the manufacture of altar cloths.
Also, bisso.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin byssus byssus

B.I.S.

1.
Bank for International Settlements.
2.
British Information Services.

bi

[bahy] /baɪ/
adjective, noun, plural bis, bi's.
1.
Slang. bisexual.
Origin
by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for bis

bis

/bɪs/
adverb
1.
twice; for a second time (used in musical scores to indicate a part to be repeated)
sentence substitute
2.
encore! again!
Word Origin
C19: via Italian from Latin, from Old Latin duis

BIS

abbreviation
1.
Bank for International Settlements: an institution, based in Basel, Switzerland, that accepts deposits, makes loans for national central banks, and assists in offsetting speculative movements of funds between the major currencies; set up in 1930
2.
Bosnia-Herzegovina (international car registration)

bi1

/baɪ/
adjective, noun
1.
(slang) short for bisexual (sense 1), bisexual (sense 6)

bi2

abbreviation
1.
Burundi

Bi

Chemical symbol
1.
bismuth
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Word Origin and History for bis

bi

adj.

1956 as a colloquial abbreviation of bisexual.

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bis in Medicine

Bi
The symbol for the element bismuth.

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bis in Science
Bi  
The symbol for bismuth.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bis

bi

adjective

Bisexual; ac-dc

noun

: I think maybe Vi is a bi (1960s+)


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Related Abbreviations for bis

BIS

  1. Bank for International Settlements
  2. Brain Injury Society

bi

Bislama

Bi

  1. bisexual
  2. bismuth

BI

  1. background information
  2. bodily injury
  3. built-in
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Encyclopedia Article for bis

bi

in art, Chinese jade carved in the form of a flat disk with a hole in the centre. The earliest examples, which are unornamented, date from the Neolithic Period (c. 5000-2000 BC). Later examples, from the Shang (18th-12th century BC) and Zhou dynasties (1111-256/255 BC), have increasingly elaborate surface embellishment, especially in the late Zhou (c. 600-256/255 BC), when the bi appeared in combination with other forms

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