Pronunciation: (bil), [key]
1. a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied: He paid the hotel bill when he checked out.
2. a piece of paper money worth a specified amount: a ten-dollar bill.
3. Govt.a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
4. See bill of exchange.
5. a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
6. any written paper containing a statement of particulars: a bill of expenditures.
7. Law.a written statement, usually of complaint, presented to a court.
8. hundred dollars: The job pays five bills a week.
9. playbill.
10. entertainment scheduled for presentation; program: a good bill at the movies.
11. Obs.
a. a promissory note.
b. a written and sealed document.
c. a written, formal petition.
12. fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well: As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.

1. to charge for by bill; send a bill to: The store will bill me.
2. to enter (charges) in a bill; make a bill or list of: to bill goods.
3. to advertise by bill or public notice: A new actor was billed for this week.
4. to schedule on a program: The management billed the play for two weeks.


Pronunciation: (bil), [key]
1. the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak. See diag. under bird.
2. the visor of a cap or other head covering.
3. a beaklike promontory or headland.

1. to join bills or beaks, as doves.
2. bill and coo, to kiss or fondle and whisper endearments, as lovers: My sister and her boyfriend were billing and cooing on the front porch.


Pronunciation: (bil), [key]
1. a medieval shafted weapon having at its head a hooklike cutting blade with a beak at the back.
2. Also called billman. a person armed with a bill.
3. Also called billhook. a sharp, hooked instrument used for pruning, cutting, etc.
4. Also called pea. Naut.the extremity of a fluke of an anchor. See diag. under anchor.


Pronunciation: (bil), [key]
n. Brit. Dial.
the cry of the bittern.


Pronunciation: (bil), [key]
a male given name, form of William.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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