Meaning of BILL in English


I. ˈbil noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English bile, from Old English; akin to Old English bill sword

1. : the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering, the whole varying greatly in form according to the food and habits of the various kinds : beak , nib


a. : any mouthpart similar to or likened to a bill (as the horny jaws of a turtle, the elongated snout of a marlin, or the sensitive skin-covered beak of a platypus)

b. : a thin flattened part of the shell margin of the broad end of an oyster

3. : a projection of land like a beak : promontory , headland

4. : the point of the end of an anchor fluke or of a yard — see anchor illustration

5. : the prong of the metal hook of a pompier ladder

6. : one of the blades of a pair of scissors

7. : the visor of a cap

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bill 1: 1 flamingo, 2 falcon, 3 pigeon, 4 thrush, 5 merganser, 6 toucan, 7 finch, 8 spoonbill, 9 pelican


II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English bilen, from bile, n.

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : peck

2. : to touch and rub bill to bill

a pair of doves gently billing

3. : to show affection through fondling and kissing

lovers billing and cooing

transitive verb

: to catch or pick up with the bill

swift birds billing insects on the wing

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English bil, from Old English bill; akin to Old High German bill pickax, Old Norse bīldr instrument for letting blood, Greek phitros log, Old Slavic biti to strike

1. : a weapon used up to the 17th century mainly by infantry and up to the 18th by civic guards that consisted of a long staff terminating in a hook-shaped blade usually with pikes at the back and top — compare halberd

2. : billhook

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English bille, from Medieval Latin billa, alteration of bulla document, seal, from Latin bulla bubble, boss, stud, amulet — more at poll (head)

1. : a written or printed statement: as

a. : a written document

b. : memorandum

c. : letter

2. obsolete : a formal and usually written petition : supplication

3. : a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment : a proposed or projected law

a new bill was set before Congress

— compare act I 3, statute I

4. : a declaration in writing stating some wrong a complainant has suffered from a defendant or stating a breach of law by some person — used chiefly in various phrases (as bill of complaint )


a. : a written list : a paper carrying a statement of particulars

a bill of quantities containing specifications of building materials

b. obsolete : a list of drugs : medical prescription

c. : a list of men and their duties especially as part of a ship's crew : a chart or organization sheet listing functions or assignments

watch quarter and station bill

d. : a list of a complete correctly proportioned assortment of printer's type of one size and style ; also : the assortment itself : font

a bill of pica


a. : an itemized account that states the separate costs of goods sold, services rendered, or work done : invoice

the bill accompanying a large consignment of furniture

b. : a statement in gross of a creditor's claim : statement of account : total amount indicated as due : total charge

last month we had a huge grocery bill

c. : a statement of charges for food or drink consumed (as in a restaurant) : check

ask the waiter to bring the bill

7. obsolete : label


a. : a written or printed advertisement that is posted or otherwise distributed to announce an event (as an exhibition or an auction) of interest to the public : placard , poster , handbill ; especially : a written or printed announcement of a theatrical entertainment : playbill

bills about the new play were in nearly every store window

b. : a programmed presentation (as a motion picture, play, lecture, concert) : the entertainment or other event of interest presented on a given program

the newly built theater was offering a wonderful bill that evening


a. : a piece of paper money

a 10-dollar bill

b. : an individual or commercial note

bills receivable

a discounted bill

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English billen, from bille, n.


a. : to enter in a book of accounts : prepare a bill of (charges to customers or clients)

billing each month's purchases

b. : to submit a bill of charges to

the company bills its customers every other month

c. : to enter (as passengers or freight) in a waybill : consign to a destination : book

d. : to issue a bill of lading to or for


a. : to advertise especially by posters or placards

the circus was billed well in advance of its arrival in town

b. : to present or arrange for the presentation of (an event or attraction of interest to the public, as a motion picture, lecture, or concert)

the theater is billing the play for three weeks

c. : to present or arrange for the presentation of (as an entertainer or group of entertainers) : bring before the public : offer on a program

an astute producer who billed the country's leading actress in the new play

they were billed as a brilliant dance team

especially : to allot a specific part (as a role in a play) to : cast

for three consecutive seasons he was billed in leading roles

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by alteration

Scotland : bull I 1

VII. noun

( -s )

Etymology: alteration of bell (IV)

: the cry of the bittern

the bittern's hollow bill was heard — William Wordsworth

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