There are 4 definitions of bill in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪl
 
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noun

1A printed or written statement of the money owed for goods or services: the bill for their meal came to £17
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  • There were receipts, hospital bills and written statements attesting to court decisions in cases both filed by the protesters and brought against them.
  • A stickler for detail, Goring actually reads the fine print on all her bills and credit cards statements to make sure she isn't being overcharged.
  • This can allow you to check your balance, view past transactions, pay bills and transfer money between accounts.
Synonyms
invoice, account, statement, list of charges, tally; amount due; North Americancheck
informal the damage
North American informal tab
British informal , dated shot
archaic reckoning, score
2A draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for discussion: a debate over the civil rights bill
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  • Within a few weeks a draft bill was presented to parliament; it had two clauses later to become sections 1 and 2 of the Act of 1916.
  • Last week, a private members' bill was presented to Parliament calling for a ban on masts near classrooms and homes.
  • The government has presented around 30 bills to the parliament, which it wants to pass rapidly during final two weeks of August.
Synonyms
draft law, proposed legislation, proposal, measure; act, Act of Parliament
3A programme of entertainment at a theatre or cinema: she was top of the bill at America’s leading vaudeville house
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  • It can put you top of the bill at the theatre, if it wasn't for Boycie I wouldn't be doing that.
  • Top of the bill is a recital at 3pm in the Sensory Gardens by the Army Band conducted by Captain Mark Armstrong.
  • The concert will feature a host of local entertainers and top of the bill will be the widely acclaimed Clare singer Larry Mc Evoy.
Synonyms
programme (of entertainment), listing, list, line-up; North Americanplaybill
dated bill of fare
4North American A banknote: a ten-dollar bill
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  • He had laid the mail on the table already, bills and bank notes separated from his own personal correspondence.
  • She quickly withdrew money from her backpack, folding two ten dollar bills into her pocket.
  • Gordon dug in a leather wallet and procured nineteen ten-dollar bills.
Synonyms
5A poster or handbill: [as modifier]: he has been hard at work bill posting in a poster and sticker campaign
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  • Traffic signboards are blatantly misused for sticking posters and bills.
  • Well, first we did some illegal bill postering and then we stole some milk crates.
  • No controls existed, and as a result adverts and theatre bills were plastered on every available space - hoardings, end walls of buildings, fences.
Synonyms
poster, advertisement, public notice, announcement; flyer, leaflet, circular, handout, handbill; Britishfly-poster; North American & Australiandodger; Frenchaffiche
informal ad
British informal advert

verb

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1List (a person or event) in a programme: they were billed to appear but did not show up
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  • The result - when the allure of the biggie DJ wears thin, as it has recently, there's nothing to fill the gaps between the next highly billed event.
  • Further spice is added with the event being billed in some quarters as a battle royal between Manchester and Merseyside.
  • Navin Samarasinghe also entered the final of the men's open event where he is billed to do battle with the hardened Janaka Suwaris.
1.1 (bill someone/thing as) Describe or advertise someone or something in a particular way: he was billed as ‘the new Sean Connery’
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  • Even the advertising campaign on television is billing the tie as a massacre, happily chirruping: ‘If you thought the cricket was bad…‘
  • In 1870 the birds were billed as ‘doomed to certain extinction ‘and by 1977 they seemed technically extinct.’
  • Now the actual work is billed as ‘Fa'afafine ’, so there will be people coming to this show expecting to learn more about fa'afine.
Synonyms
describe as, call, style, label, dub, designate, pronounce; promote as, publicize as, talk up as
informal hype as
2Send a bill to (someone): we shall be billing them for the damage caused [with two objects]: he had been billed £3,000 for his licence
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  • The doctor will retain the sort of freedom to choose how they bill, and there'll be a reward for them for bulk billing pensioners and card holders, there's no doubt about that.
  • Shivute attributed this to the fact that some councils buy water at a high tariff and then bill their customers at a lower rate, which he said creates a discrepancy.
  • Lawson Whyte calculate costs on a percentage of the client budget for larger products, while for smaller works the client is either billed by the hour or a lump sum is agreed in advance.
2.1Charge (a sum of money): we billed £400,000
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  • Last year it settled charges that it illegally billed excessive fees and violated consumer protection regulations.
  • He believes that billed revenue this year will be four times last year's figure.
  • I hadn't given anyone my number in this town, except the usual people who bill my living expenses.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a written list or catalogue): from Anglo-Norman French bille, probably based on medieval Latin bulla 'seal, sealed document' (see also bull2).

Phrases

fit (or fill) the bill

Be suitable for a particular purpose.
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  • As a free agent, I had some criteria to meet and this team fitted the bill perfectly.
  • Organisers were seeking three Prince's Trust-supported businesses to attend the festival alongside national newspapers and picture agencies, and Finesse Imaging fitted the bill perfectly.
  • Not entirely without surprise, serendipity had its way with me and I stumbled on one of my much-loved poems, by Henry Reed, that fitted the bill perfectly.

Derivatives

billable

adjective
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  • But if they lose the case, or lose the motion to be awarded costs, this law firm will have to eat untold billable hours for an entire staff of attorneys in a major Federal lawsuit that will likely amount to well over a million dollars.
  • One guy, my ‘mentor’, ha, told me that certain people wanted to get rid of me, but I had something like the fifth highest billable hours in the firm, so there was hesitancy to do so.
  • Use of company vehicles is one conspicuous example, or what type of travel and dining are considered billable is another: rigid rules for subordinates, a goodie-bag for the top guys.

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There are 4 definitions of bill in English:

bill2

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Pronunciation: /bɪl
 
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noun

1The beak of a bird, especially when it is slender, flattened, or weak, or belongs to a web-footed bird or a bird of the pigeon family.
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  • The American Coot is a medium-sized bird with a white bill, yellow legs, and lobed toes.
  • Like wrens, these birds are insectivorous soft bills, and seeds can seriously damage their beaks and digestive systems.
  • Actually, I've been planning a whole column devoted just to birds' bills and their feet, so I won't say much about them here.
Synonyms
beak; Scottish & Northern Englishneb
technical mandibles
1.1The muzzle of a platypus.
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  • They include the extraordinary bill of the platypus, an egg-laying semiaquatic mammal from Australia.
  • The bill of a platypus is soft, flexible, and leathery, unlike a bird's beak.
  • The platypus is considered a primitive mammal, yet its bill appears to be highly advanced.
1.2North American The peak of a cap.
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  • Side A has team logo embroidery on front and Nike Swoosh embroidery on bill while side B has team logo and Nike Swoosh on front.
  • Reversible hat features velcro adjustable strap, shapeable bill and logos on all sides.
  • The “Chicago Cap” was the same shape as the “Parti-Colored Cap,” but featured horizontal (rather than vertical) stripes and a solid-colored bill.
2The point of an anchor fluke.
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  • The flukes will be buried into the seabed. The very tip of a fluke is sometimes called the bill.
  • Each of the plurality of flukes may be provided with an inwardly sloped bill segment at a distal end of the fluke.
  • The shank is hinged at the center of the crown, centerpiece, which has two pointed bills, designed to withstand great tension.
3 [in place names] A narrow promontory: Portland Bill
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  • Gay Head, a promontory in Vinyard Sound, MA, U.S. and Portland Bill, a promontory in English Channel appear to support the results of this study.
  • The lighthouse at Portland Bill, a famous landmark on the promontory for mariners, stands 135 feet high and was built around 1903
  • The Portland Race is caused by the meeting of the tides between the Bill and the Shambles sandbank about 3 miles SE.
Synonyms
promontory, headland, point, head, foreland, cape, peninsula, bluff, ness, naze, horn, spit, tongue; Scottishmull

verb

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(Of birds, especially doves) stroke bill with bill during courtship.
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  • Two birds, perfectly white, pink-beaked, dark-eyed, pigeons, settled on the ledge outside my window, billing and cooing as birds will in spring.
  • Reaching into the past, it must recall words that will fire up the cell cycle and motivate the dormant; billing and cooing, it must recruit and educate the immature.
  • Milou and Squawk, two young males, are also beginning to exhibit courtship behavior, hanging out with each other, billing and bowing.

Origin

Old English bile, of unknown origin.

Phrases

bill and coo

informal Behave or talk in a very loving or sentimental way.
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  • Humans - girl and boy - can learn from the strategies of the male bird when looking for a mate with whom to bill and coo.
  • My own personal wife and I hardly ever bill and coo early in the morning any more.
  • In The Abdication, they bill and coo once again-this time with spiritual fervor.

Derivatives

billed

adjective
[usually in combination]: the red-billed weaver bird
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  • There are two wee blue billed ducks living in the same pond.
  • In the present study, all strong billed genera except Drymornis and two of the four existing intermediate genera as defined by Feduccia were sampled.
  • Skeptics are challenging the stunning April report that the ivory billed woodpecker - a bird believed to be extinct for decades - had been spotted in Arkansas.

Definition of bill in:

There are 4 definitions of bill in English:

bill3

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Pronunciation: /bɪl
 
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noun

A medieval weapon like a halberd with a hook instead of a blade.
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  • The trees in his orchard were hacked with a bill hook.
  • Horse armor was developed to counteract injuries inflicted by such weapons as the bill.
  • An iron Bill hook (90 mm length). It would have been used for cutting plants.

Origin

Old English bil, of West Germanic origin; related to German Bille 'axe'.

Definition of bill in:

There are 4 definitions of bill in English:

Bill4

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Pronunciation: /bɪl
 
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noun

(the Bill or the Old Bill) [treated as singular or plural] British informal
The police.
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  • The police were named the Old Bill after the act of parliament that empowered them.
  • So once again, it was the poor “Old Bill” that got it in the neck, rather than the CPS – which was at least an equal partner in the process.
  • Shop workers swap tills for the old Bill to stop thieves.

Origin

1960s: pet form of the given name William.