Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ French billet
, dim. of an Old French bille
bill. See Bill
a writing.] 1. A small paper; a note; a short letter.
"I got your melancholy billet
." Sterne. 2. A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.
Billet transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Billeted
; present participle & verbal noun Billeting
.] [ From Billet
a ticket.] (Mil.) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.
Billeted in so antiquated a mansion.
[ French billette
, log; of unknown origin; a different word from bille
ball. Confer Billiards
.] 1. A small stick of wood, as for firewood.
They shall beat out my brains with billets . 2. (Metal.) A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron. 3. (Architecture) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round. 4. (Saddlery) (a) A strap which enters a buckle. (b) A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap. Knight. 5. (Her.) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
Billet noun Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or ticket; berth; position. Also used fig.
The men who cling to easy billets ashore. Harper's Mag.
His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet , and there they rankle. Pall Mall Mag.
; plural Billets-doux
(bĭl`la*dōz"). [ French billet
note + doux
sweet, Latin dulcis
.] A love letter or note.
A lover chanting out a billet-doux .
Billethead (bĭl"let*hĕd) noun (Nautical) A round piece of timber at the bow or stern of a whaleboat, around which the harpoon line is run out when the whale darts off.
Billfish (-fĭsh`) noun (Zoology) A name applied to several distinct fishes : (a) The garfish ( Tylosurus, or Belone, longirostris ) and allied species. (b) The saury, a slender fish of the Atlantic coast ( Scomberesox saurus ). (c) The Tetrapturus albidus , a large oceanic species related to the swordfish; the spearfish. (d) The American fresh-water garpike ( Lepidosteus osseus ).
Billhead (-hĕd`) noun A printed form, used by merchants in making out bills or rendering accounts.
Billhook noun [ Bill + hook .] A thick, heavy knife with a hooked point, used in pruning hedges, etc. When it has a short handle, it is sometimes called a hand bill ; when the handle is long, a hedge bill or scimiter .
Billiard adjective Of or pertaining to the game of billiards. "Smooth as is a billiard ball." B. Jonson.
[ French billiard
billiards, Old French billart
staff, cue form playing, from bille
log. See Billet
a stick.] A game played with ivory balls o a cloth-covered, rectangular table, bounded by elastic cushions. The player seeks to impel his ball with his cue so that it shall either strike (carom upon) two other balls, or drive another ball into one of the pockets with which the table sometimes is furnished.
Billing adjective & noun Caressing; kissing.
1. A market near the Billings gate in London, celebrated for fish and foul language. 2. Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language; vituperation; ribaldry.
[ French billion
, arbitrarily formed from Latin bis
twice, in imitation of million
a million. See Million
.] According to the French and American method of numeration, a thousand millions, or 1,000,000,000; according to the English method, a million millions, or 1,000,000,000,000. See Numeration .
; plural Billmen One who uses, or is armed with, a bill or hooked ax.
of the guard." Savile.
[ French Confer Billet
a stick.] An alloy of gold and silver with a large proportion of copper or other base metal, used in coinage.
[ French billot
, dim. of bille
. See Billet
a stick.] Bullion in the bar or mass.
[ Confer Icelandic bylgja
billow, Danish bölge
, Swedish bölja
; akin to Middle High German bulge
billow, bag, and to English bulge
. See Bulge
.] 1. A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused usually by violent wind.
Whom the winds waft where'er the billows roll. 2. A great wave or flood of anything. Milton.
Billow intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Billowed
; present participle & verbal noun Billowing
.] To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to undulate.
Billowy adjective Of or pertaining to billows; swelling or swollen into large waves; full of billows or surges; resembling billows.
And whitening down the many-tinctured stream,
Descends the billowy foam.
Billposter, Billsticker noun One whose occupation is to post handbills or posters in public places.
1. A club; esp., a policeman's club. 2. (Wool Manuf.) A slubbing or roving machine.
Billy goat A male goat. [ Colloq.]
Billyboy noun A flat-bottomed river barge or coasting vessel. [ Eng.]
, or Bil"ly*cock hat`
[ Perh. from bully
; that is, cocked like the hats of the bullies.] A round, low-crowned felt hat; a wideawake.
"The undignified billycocks
and pantaloons of the West." B. H. Chamberlain.
Little acquiesced, and Ransome disguised him in a beard, and a loose set of clothes, and a billicock hat . Charles Reade.
Bilobate (bi*lō"bat or bī"lo*bat) adjective [ Prefix bi- + lobate .] Divided into two lobes or segments.
Bilobed (bī"lōbd) adjective [ Prefix bi- + lobe .] Bilobate.
Bilocation noun [ Prefix bi- + location .] Double location; the state or power of being in two places at the same instant; -- a miraculous power attributed to some of the saints. Tylor.
Bilocular adjective [ Prefix bi- + locular : confer French biloculaire .] Divided into two cells or compartments; as, a bilocular pericarp. Gray.
Biltong noun [ S. African.] Lean meat cut into strips and sun-dried. H. R. Haggard.
Bimaculate adjective [ Prefix bi- + maculate , adjective ] Having, or marked with, two spots.
Bimana noun plural
[ New Latin See Bimanous
.] (Zoology) Animals having two hands; -- a term applied by Cuvier to man as a special order of Mammalia .
Bimanous adjective [ Latin bis twice + manus hand.] (Zoology) Having two hands; two- handed.
Bimarginate adjective [ Prefix bi- + marginate .] Having a double margin, as certain shells.
Bimastism noun [ Prefix bi- + Greek ... breast.] (Anat.) The condition of having two mammæ or teats.
Bimedial adjective [ Prefix bi- + medial .] (Geom.) Applied to a line which is the sum of two lines commensurable only in power (as the side and diagonal of a square).
Bimembral adjective [ Latin bis twice + membrum member.] (Gram.) Having two members; as, a bimembral sentence. J. W. Gibbs.
[ Prefix bi-
.] See Bimonthly , adjective
[ Obsolete or R.]
Bimestrial adjective [ Latin bimestris ; bis twice + mensis month.] Continuing two months. [ R.]
Bimetallic adjective [ Prefix bi- + metallic : confer French bimétallique .] Of or relating to, or using, a double metallic standard (as gold and silver) for a system of coins or currency.
Bimetallic adjective Composed of two different metals; formed of two parts, each of a different metal; as, bimetallic wire; bimetallic thermometer, etc.
Bimetallism noun [ French bimétalisme .] The legalized use of two metals (as gold and silver) in the currency of a country, at a fixed relative value; -- in opposition to monometallism . » The words bimétallisme and monométallisme are due to M. Cernuschi [ 1869]. Littré.
Bimetallist noun An advocate of bimetallism.
Bimolecular adjective [ Prefix bi- + molecular .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or formed from, two molecules; as, a bimolecular reaction (a reaction between two molecules).
Bimonthly adjective [ Prefix bi- + monthly .] Occurring, done, or coming, once in two months; as, bimonthly visits; bimonthly publications. -- noun A bimonthly publication.
Bimonthly adverb Once in two months.
Bimuscular adjective [ Prefix bi- + muscular .] (Zoology) Having two adductor muscles, as a bivalve mollusk.
Bin noun [ Middle English binne , Anglo-Saxon binn manager, crib; perhaps akin to Dutch ben , benne , basket, and to Latin benna a kind of carriage ( a Gallic word), W. benn , men , wain, cart.] A box, frame, crib, or inclosed place, used as a receptacle for any commodity; as, a corn bin ; a wine bin ; a coal bin .
Bin transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Binned
; present participle & verbal noun Binning
.] To put into a bin; as, to bin wine.
Bin An old form of Be and Been .
Bin- A euphonic form of the prefix Bi- .
[ See Binary
.] Twofold; double.
[ R.] " Binal
revenge, all this." Ford.