Definitions for: Bill

[n] the entertainment offered at a public presentation
[n] horny projecting mouth of a bird
[n] a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead"
[n] a long-handled saw with a curved blade; "he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree"
[n] a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
[n] a statement of money owed for goods or services; "he paid his bill and left"; "send me an account of what I owe"
[n] a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill"
[n] a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; "a poster advertised the coming attractions"
[n] an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; "he mailed the circular to all subscribers"
[n] a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank); "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"
[v] advertise esp. by posters or placards; "He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso"
[v] publicize or announce by placards
[v] demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although e stayed only 3 nights"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bill, n. [OE. bile, bille, AS. bile beak of a bird,
proboscis; cf. Ir. & Gael. bil, bile, mouth, lip, bird's
bill. Cf. Bill a weapon.]
A beak, as of a bird, or sometimes of a turtle or other
animal. --Milton.

Bill, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Billed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To strike; to peck. [Obs.]

2. To join bills, as doves; to caress in fondness. ``As
pigeons bill.'' --Shak.

To bill and coo, to interchange caresses; -- said of doves;
also of demonstrative lovers. --Thackeray.

Bill, n.
The bell, or boom, of the bittern

The bittern's hollow bill was heard. --Wordsworth.

Bill, n. [OE. bil, AS. bill, bil; akin to OS. bil sword,
OHG. bill pickax, G. bille. Cf. Bill bea?.]
1. A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted
with a handle; -- used in pruning, etc.; a billhook. When
short, called a hand bill, when long, a hedge bill.

2. A weapon of infantry, in the 14th and 15th centuries. A
common form of bill consisted of a broad, heavy,
double-edged, hook-shaped blade, having a short pike at
the back and another at the top, and attached to the end
of a long staff.

France had no infantry that dared to face the
English bows end bills. --Macaulay.

3. One who wields a bill; a billman. --Strype.

4. A pickax, or mattock. [Obs.]

5. (Naut.) The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point
of or beyond the fluke.

Bill, v. t.
To work upon ( as to dig, hoe, hack, or chop anything) with a

Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille),
for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter,
edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG.
bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. Bull papal edict, Billet a
1. (Law) A declaration made in writing, stating some wrong
the complainant has suffered from the defendant, or a
fault committed by some person against a law.

2. A writing binding the signer or signers to pay a certain
sum at a future day or on demand, with or without
interest, as may be stated in the document. [Eng.]

Note: In the United States, it is usually called a note, a
note of hand, or a promissory note.

3. A form or draft of a law, presented to a legislature for
enactment; a proposed or projected law.

4. A paper, written or printed, and posted up or given away,
to advertise something, as a lecture, a play, or the sale
of goods; a placard; a poster; a handbill.

She put up the bill in her parlor window. --Dickens.

5. An account of goods sold, services rendered, or work done,
with the price or charge; a statement of a creditor's
claim, in gross or by items; as, a grocer's bill.

6. Any paper, containing a statement of particulars; as, a
bill of charges or expenditures; a weekly bill of
mortality; a bill of fare, etc.

Bill of adventure. See under Adventure.

Bill of costs, a statement of the items which form the
total amount of the costs of a party to a suit or action.

Bill of credit.
(a) Within the constitution of the United States, a paper
issued by a State, on the mere faith and credit of the
State, and designed to circulate as money. No State
shall ``emit bills of credit.'' --U. S. Const.
--Peters. --Wharton. --Bouvier
(b) Among merchants, a letter sent by an agent or other
person to a merchant, desiring him to give credit to
the bearer for goods or money.

Bill of divorce, in the Jewish law, a writing given by the
husband to the wife, by which the marriage relation was
dissolved. --Jer. iii. 8.

Bill of entry, a written account of goods entered at the
customhouse, whether imported or intended for exportation.

Bill of exceptions. See under Exception.

Bill of exchange (Com.), a written order or request from
one person or house to another, desiring the latter to pay
to some person designated a certain sum of money therein
generally is, and, to be negotiable, must be, made payable
to order or to bearer. So also the order generally
expresses a specified time of payment, and that it is
drawn for value. The person who draws the bill is called
the drawer, the person on whom it is drawn is, before
acceptance, called the drawee, -- after acceptance, the
acceptor; the person to whom the money is directed to be
paid is called the payee. The person making the order may
himself be the payee. The bill itself is frequently called
a draft. See Exchange. --Chitty.

Bill of fare, a written or printed enumeration of the
dishes served at a public table, or of the dishes (with
prices annexed) which may be ordered at a restaurant, etc.

Bill of health, a certificate from the proper authorities
as to the state of health of a ship's company at the time
of her leaving port.

Bill of indictment, a written accusation lawfully presented
to a grand jury. If the jury consider the evidence
sufficient to support the accusation, they indorse it ``A
true bill,'' otherwise they write upon it ``Not a true
bill,'' or ``Not found,'' or ``Ignoramus'', or

Bill of lading, a written account of goods shipped by any
person, signed by the agent of the owner of the vessel, or
by its master, acknowledging the receipt of the goods, and
promising to deliver them safe at the place directed,
dangers of the sea excepted. It is usual for the master to
sign two, three, or four copies of the bill; one of which
he keeps in possession, one is kept by the shipper, and
one is sent to the consignee of the goods.

Bill of mortality, an official statement of the number of
deaths in a place or district within a given time; also, a
district required to be covered by such statement; as, a
place within the bills of mortality of London.

Bill of pains and penalties, a special act of a legislature
which inflicts a punishment less than death upon persons
supposed to be guilty of treason or felony, without any
conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings.
--Bouvier. --Wharton.

Bill of parcels, an account given by the seller to the
buyer of the several articles purchased, with the price of

Bill of particulars (Law), a detailed statement of the
items of a plaintiff's demand in an action, or of the
defendant's set-off.

Bill of rights, a summary of rights and privileges claimed
by a people. Such was the declaration presented by the
Lords and Commons of England to the Prince and Princess of
Orange in 1688, and enacted in Parliament after they
became king and queen. In America, a bill or declaration
of rights is prefixed to most of the constitutions of the
several States.

Bill of sale, a formal instrument for the conveyance or
transfer of goods and chattels.

Bill of sight, a form of entry at the customhouse, by which
goods, respecting which the importer is not possessed of
full information, may be provisionally landed for

Bill of store, a license granted at the customhouse to
merchants, to carry such stores and provisions as are
necessary for a voyage, custom free. --Wharton.

Bills payable (pl.), the outstanding unpaid notes or
acceptances made and issued by an individual or firm.

Bills receivable (pl.), the unpaid promissory notes or
acceptances held by an individual or firm. --McElrath.

A true bill, a bill of indictment sanctioned by a grand

Bill, v. t.
1. To advertise by a bill or public notice.

2. To charge or enter in a bill; as, to bill goods.

Synonyms: account, bank bill, bank note, banker's bill, banknote, beak, billhook, broadsheet, broadside, charge, circular, eyeshade, Federal Reserve note, flier, flyer, government note, greenback, handbill, invoice, measure, neb, nib, note, notice, peak, pecker, placard, placard, poster, posting, throwaway, visor, vizor

See Also: account, ad, advert, advertise, advertisement, advertising, advertize, advertizement, advertizing, appropriation bill, assess, baseball cap, bill of attainder, bill of fare, bird, bottle bill, brim, buck, calculate, card, carte, carte du jour, check, chit, clam, c-note, doctor's bill, dollar, dollar bill, electric bill, farm bill, financial statement, five-dollar bill, fiver, five-spot, flash card, flashcard, folding money, golf cap, hotel bill, hundred dollar bill, impose, instrument, invoice, jockey cap, kepi, legal document, legal instrument, levy, list, listing, medical bill, menu, mouth, official document, one dollar bill, paper currency, paper money, peaked cap, phone bill, playbill, post, program, programme, promote, push, reckoning, rider, saw, service cap, show bill, show card, sign, silver certificate, statement, stuffer, surcharge, tab, tally, tax bill, telephone bill, theatrical poster, tithe, trade bill, twenty dollar bill, two dollar bill, undercharge, yachting cap

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