1 a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill" [syn: measure]
2 an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; "he paid his bill and left"; "send me an account of what I owe" [syn: account, invoice]
3 a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank); "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes" [syn: note, government note, bank bill, banker's bill, bank note, banknote, Federal Reserve note, greenback]
4 the entertainment offered at a public presentation
5 a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
6 an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; "he mailed the circular to all subscribers" [syn: circular, handbill, broadside, broadsheet, flier, flyer, throwaway]
8 a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; "a poster advertised the coming attractions" [syn: poster, posting, placard, notice, card]
9 a long-handled saw with a curved blade; "he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree" [syn: billhook]
10 a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead" [syn: peak, eyeshade, visor, vizor]
1 demand payment; "Will I get charged for this service?"; "We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights" [syn: charge]
2 advertise especially by posters or placards; "He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso"
3 publicize or announce by placards [syn: placard]
- Rhymes with: -ɪl
- Any of various bladed or pointed hand weapons, originally
designating an Anglo-Saxon sword, and later a weapon of infantry, especially 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 and bills. — Macaulay.
- 1786: In the British Museum there is an entry of a warrant, granted to Nicholas Spicer, authorising him to impress smiths for making two thousand Welch bills or glaives. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons.
weapon of infantry
- Finnish: hilpari
- French: hallebarde
- Swedish: hillebard
- Finnish: vesuri
- Swedish: faskinkniv
somebody armed with a bill
- French: hallebardier
- Swedish: hillebardiär
extremity of the arm of an anchor
- Finnish: kynsi
to work with a bill
- Finnish: hakata
- Swedish: hacka
Etymology 2bile, of unknown origin.
- The beak of a bird,
especially when small or flattish; sometimes also used with
reference to a turtle,
platypus, or other
- 1595: The woosel cock so black of hue, With orange-tawny bill, The throstle with his note so true, The wren with little quill... — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III, Scene I, line 125.
- A beak-like projection, especially a promontory.
- Finnish: nokka
- French: bec
- German: Schnabel
- Irish: gob
- Russian: клюв
- Spanish: pico
- Swedish: näbb
- Finnish: nokka
- A written list or inventory. (Now obsolete except in specific senses or set phrases; bill of lading, bill of goods, etc.)
- A document, originally sealed; a formal statement or official memorandum. (Now obsolete except with certain qualifying words; bill of health, bill of sale etc.)
- A draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.
- 1600: Why, I'll exhibit a bill in the parliament for the putting down of men. — William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene I, line 28.
- 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.
- A piece of paper money; a banknote.
- 1830: Anon, The Galaxy of Wit: Or, Laughing Philosopher, Being a Collection of Choice Anecdotes, Many of Which Originated in or about "The Literary Emporium" — He gave the change for a three dollar bill. Upon examination, the bill proved to be counterfeit.
- A written note of goods sold, services rendered, or work done, with the price or charge; an invoice.
- 1607: My lord, here is my bill. — William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act III, Scene IV, line 85.
- 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.
- 1595: In the meantime I will draw a bill of properties, such as our play wants. — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I, Scene II, line 104.
- She put up the bill in her parlor window. — Dickens.
- 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. A bill of exchange.
In the United States, it is usually called a note, a note of hand, or a promissory note.
- 1600: Ay, and Rato-lorum too; and a gentleman born, Master Parson; who writes himself Armigero, in any bill, warrant, quittance, or obligation, Armigero. — William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Scene I, line 8.
- (account of goods): account, invoice
- (written or printed advertisement posted or otherwise distributed): broadsheet, broadside, card,circular, flier, flyer, handbill, poster, posting, placard, notice, throwaway
- (draft of a law): measure
- (writing binding the signer or signers to pay a certain sum at a future day): bank bill, banker's bill, bank note, banknote, Federal Reserve note, government note, greenback, note
- Finnish: luettelo
draft of a law
law: declaration made in writing, stating some wrong the complainant has suffered from the defendant
- Finnish: kanne
- French: greffe
- Russian: заявление (zajavl'énije)
piece of paper money
- Czech: bankovka
- Finnish: seteli
- German: Geldschein
bill of exchange
- ttbc Interlingua: factura (1); nota, declaration (2); projecto de lege, bill (3)
- ttbc Irish: gob (6)
- ttbc Portuguese: fatura , conta ; nota , declaração (2); projeto de lei (3)
- ttbc Spanish: nota, cuenta (1), declaración (2), proposición de ley or proyecto de ley (3)
- bill of adventure
- bill of costs
- bill of credit
- bill of divorce
- bill of entry
- bill of exceptions
- bill of exchange
- bill of fare
- bill of goods
- bill of health
- bill of indictment
- bill of lading
- bill of mortality
- bill of pains and penalties
- bill of parcels
- bill of particulars
- bill of rights
- bill of sale
- bill of sight
- bill of store
- bill of sufferance
- bills payable
- bills receivable
- true bill
to advertise by a bill
- Swedish: affischera
to charge or enter in a bill
Bill may refer to:
- Billboard (advertising), a board on which to display advertising posters or displays
- Billhook, a long-handled saw (sometimes weapon) with a curved blade
- BILL Anti-tank guided weapon, a Swedish anti-tank weapon
- BILL 2 Anti-tank guided weapon, a Swedish anti-tank weapon
- Bill (payment), a document requesting payment for goods or services rendered
- Bill (proposed law), a law put before a legislature
- Bill (weapon), a weapon similar to a halberd
- Bill of lading, a document issued by a carrier receiving goods for transport
- Bill of materials, a document listing the parts needed to make a product
- Waybill, a document describing a shipment
Other objects called 'bill'
- Bill (1981
film), a 1981 TV movie starring Mickey Rooney
- Bill: On His Own, sequel the 1981 film
- Bill (album), an album by Tripping Daisy
- Bill (film), a 2008 comedy film
- Bill (song), a song by Peggy Scott-Adams
- The Bill, a long-running British police drama
- Bill (Kill Bill), character in the Kill Bill films
- Bill the Goat, mascot of the US Naval Academy
- Bill the Pony, a pony appearing in The Lord of the Rings novel trilogy
- Bills, a Congolese youth subculture in the late 1950s, idolising cowboy Western movies
- Buffalo Bills, an American NFL football team
- Hurricane Bill, a list of storms named Bill
- Bill, Wyoming, a railroad crew-change station
- Bill Cosby, an American entertainer
- Bill Weasley, older brother of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series
bill in German: Bill
bill in Spanish: Bill
bill in French: Billet
bill in Italian: Bill
bill in Hebrew: שטר
bill in Dutch: Bill
bill in Japanese: ビル
bill in Low German: Bill
bill in Polish: Bill (ujednoznacznienie)
bill in Portuguese: Bill
bill in Chinese: 比爾
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