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brill

[bril] /brɪl/
noun, plural brills (especially collectively) brill.
1.
a European flatfish, Scophthalmus rhombus, closely related to the turbot.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; of uncertain origin

Brill

[bril] /brɪl/
noun
1.
A(braham) A(rden) 1874–1948, U.S. psychoanalyst and author, born in Austria.

Halsted

[hawl-stid, -sted] /ˈhɔl stɪd, -stɛd/
noun
1.
William Stewart ("Brill") 1852–1922, U.S. surgeon and educator.
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British Dictionary definitions for brill

brill1

/brɪl/
noun (pl) brill, brills
1.
a European food fish, Scophthalmus rhombus, a flatfish similar to the turbot but lacking tubercles on the body: family Bothidae
Word Origin
C15: probably from Cornish brӯthel mackerel, from Old Cornish brӯth speckled; related to Welsh brith spotted

brill2

/brɪl/
adjective
1.
(Brit, slang) excellent or wonderful
Word Origin
C20 shortened form of brilliant
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Word Origin and History for brill
n.

kind of flat fish, late 15c., of unknown origin.

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brill in Medicine

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')   
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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Slang definitions & phrases for brill

brill

adjective

Brilliant: John Turturro is brill as the gawky Jew who takes a dive (1981+)


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