1475–85; of uncertain origin Unabridged


A(braham) A(rden) 1874–1948, U.S. psychoanalyst and author, born in Austria.


[hawl-stid, -sted]
William Stewart ("Brill") 1852–1922, U.S. surgeon and educator. Unabridged
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brill1 (brɪl)
n , pl brill, brills
a European food fish, Scophthalmus rhombus, a flatfish similar to the turbot but lacking tubercles on the body: family Bothidae
[C15: probably from Cornish brӯthel mackerel, from Old Cornish brӯth speckled; related to Welsh brith spotted]

brill2 (brɪl)
slang (Brit) excellent or wonderful
[C20 shortened form of brilliant]

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kind of flat fish, late 15c., of unknown origin.
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Halsted Hal·sted (hôl'stəd, -stěd'), William Stewart. 1852-1922.

American surgeon who developed the use of cocaine in anesthesiology and proposed the use of rubber gloves during surgery.

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Halsted   (hôl'stěd')  Pronunciation Key 
American surgeon who discovered the technique of local anesthesia by injecting cocaine into specific nerves in 1885. He administered what is believed to be the first blood transfusion in the United States in 1881. Halsted also developed new surgical techniques for treating cancers and other abnormalities and introduced the use of rubber gloves during surgery.
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Brill is featured in the novel the book of dave by will self.
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