Acockbill - (adv.) Hanging at the cathead, ready to let go, as an anchor.
Acockbill - (adv.) Topped up; having one yardarm higher than the other.
Antibillous - (a.) Counteractive of bilious complaints; tending to
Babillard - (n.) The lesser whitethroat of Europe; -- called also
Bank bill - () In America (and formerly in England), a promissory note of
a bank payable to the bearer on demand, and used as currency; a bank
Bank bill - () In England, a note, or a bill of exchange, of a bank,
payable to order, and usually at some future specified time. Such bills
are negotiable, but form, in the strict sense of the term, no part of
Billed - (imp. & p. p.) of Bill
Billing - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Bill
Billage - (n. / v. t. & i.) Same as Bilge.
Billard - (n.) An English fish, allied to the cod; the coalfish.
Billbeetle - (n.) Alt. of Billbug
Billbug - (n.) A weevil or curculio of various species, as the corn
weevil. See Curculio.
Billboard - (n.) A piece of thick plank, armed with iron plates, and
fixed on the bow or fore channels of a vessel, for the bill or fluke of
the anchor to rest on.
Billboard - (n.) A flat surface, as of a panel or of a fence, on which
bills are posted; a bulletin board.
Bill book - () A book in which a person keeps an account of his notes,
bills, bills of exchange, etc., thus showing all that he issues and
Bill broker - () One who negotiates the discount of bills.
Billed - (a.) Furnished with, or having, a bill, as a bird; -- used in
composition; as, broad-billed.
Billet - (n.) A small paper; a note; a short letter.
Billet - (n.) A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what
house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.
Billeted - (imp. & p. p.) of Billet
Billeting - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Billet
Billet - (v. t.) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence:
To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.
Billet - (n.) A small stick of wood, as for firewood.
Billet - (n.) A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.
Billet - (n.) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood
either square or round.
Billet - (n.) A strap which enters a buckle.
Billet - (n.) A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.
Billet - (n.) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
Billets-doux - (pl. ) of Billet-doux
Billet-doux - (n.) A love letter or note.
Billethead - (n.) A round piece of timber at the bow or stern of a
whaleboat, around which the harpoon lone is run out when the whale
Billfish - (n.) A name applied to several distinct fishes
Billfish - (n.) The garfish (Tylosurus, / Belone, longirostris) and
Billfish - (n.) The saury, a slender fish of the Atlantic coast
Billfish - (n.) The Tetrapturus albidus, a large oceanic species related
to the swordfish; the spearfish.
Billfish - (n.) The American fresh-water garpike (Lepidosteus osseus).
Billhead - (n.) A printed form, used by merchants in making out bills or
Bill holder - () A person who holds a bill or acceptance.
Bill holder - () A device by means of which bills, etc., are held.
Billhook - (n.) 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 - (a.) Of or pertaining to the game of billiards.
Billiards - (n.) 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 - (a. & n.) Caressing; kissing.
Billingsgate - (n.) A market near the Billings gate in London, celebrated
for fish and foul language.
Billingsgate - (n.) Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language;
Billion - (n.) 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.
Billmen - (pl. ) of Billman
Billman - (n.) One who uses, or is armed with, a bill or hooked ax.
Billon - (n.) An alloy of gold and silver with a large proportion of
copper or other base metal, used in coinage.
Billot - (n.) Bullion in the bar or mass.
Billow - (n.) A great wave or surge of the sea or other water, caused
usually by violent wind.
Billow - (n.) A great wave or flood of anything.
Billowed - (imp. & p. p.) of Billow
Billowing - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Billow
Billow - (v. i.) To surge; to rise and roll in waves or surges; to
Billowy - (a.) Of or pertaining to billows; swelling or swollen into
large waves; full of billows or surges; resembling billows.
Billposter - (n.) Alt. of Billsticker
Billsticker - (n.) One whose occupation is to post handbills or posters
in public places.
Billy - (n.) A club; esp., a policeman's club.
Billy - (n.) A slubbing or roving machine.
Billyboy - (n.) A flat-bottomed river barge or coasting vessel.
Billy goat - () A male goat.
Bluebill - (n.) A duck of the genus Fuligula. Two American species (F.
marila and F. affinis) are common. See Scaup duck.
Boatbill - (n.) A wading bird (Cancroma cochlearia) of the tropical parts
of South America. Its bill is somewhat like a boat with the keel
Boatbill - (n.) A perching bird of India, of the genus Eurylaimus.
Broadbill - (n.) A wild duck (Aythya, / Fuligula, marila), which appears
in large numbers on the eastern coast of the United States, in autumn;
-- called also bluebill, blackhead, raft duck, and scaup duck. See
Broadbill - (n.) The shoveler. See Shoveler.
Brown bill - () A bill or halberd of the 16th and 17th centuries. See 4th
Cockbill - (v. t.) To tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical;
as, to cockbill the yards as a sign of mourning.
Crane's-bill - (n.) The geranium; -- so named from the long axis of the
fruit, which resembles the beak of a crane.
Crane's-bill - (n.) A pair of long-beaked forceps.
Crookbill - (n.) A New Zealand plover (Anarhynchus frontalis), remarkable
for having the end of the beak abruptly bent to the right.
Crossbill - () A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery
suit, against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in that
Crossbill - (n.) A bird of the genus Loxia, allied to the finches. Their
mandibles are strongly curved and cross each other; the crossbeak.
Deshabille - (n.) An undress; a careless toilet.
Dishabille - (n.) An undress; a loose, negligent dress; deshabille.
Duckbill - (n.) See Duck mole, under Duck, n.
Duck-billed - (a.) Having a bill like that of a duck.
Duck's-bill - (a.) Having the form of a duck's bill.
Duebill - (n.) A brief written acknowledgment of a debt, not made payable
to order, like a promissory note.
Embillow - (v. i.) To swell or heave like a ///// of the sea.
Flatbill - (n.) Any bird of the genus Flatyrynchus. They belong to the
family of flycatchers.