a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied:
He paid the hotel bill when he checked out.
a piece of paper money worth a specified amount:
a ten-dollar bill.
Government. a form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law.
bill of exchange.
a written or printed public notice or advertisement.
any written paper containing a statement of particulars:
a bill of expenditures.
Law. a written statement, usually of complaint, presented to a court.
Slang. one hundred dollars:
The job pays five bills a week.
entertainment scheduled for presentation; program:
a good bill at the movies.

a promissory note.
a written and sealed document.
a written, formal petition.

to charge for by bill; send a bill to:
The store will bill me.
to enter (charges) in a bill; make a bill or list of:
to bill goods.
to advertise by bill or public notice:
A new actor was billed for this week.
to schedule on a program:
The management billed the play for two weeks.
fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well:
As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.
the parts of a bird’s jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak.
the visor of a cap or other head covering.
a beaklike promontory or headland.
to join bills or beaks, as doves.
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.
a medieval shafted weapon having at its head a hooklike cutting blade with a beak at the back.
Also called billman. a person armed with a bill.
Also called billhook. a sharp, hooked instrument used for pruning, cutting, etc.
Also called pea. Nautical. the extremity of a fluke of an anchor.
the cry of the bittern.
a male given name, form of William.
De Witt
[duh wit] /də ˈwɪt/ (Show IPA), 1769–1828, U.S. political leader and statesman: governor of New York 1817–21, 1825–28 (son of James Clinton).
George, 1739–1812, governor of New York 1777–95, 1801–04: vice president of the U.S. 1805–12.
Sir Henry, 1738?–95, commander in chief of the British forces in the American Revolutionary War.
Hillary (Rodham) born 1947, U.S. politician: senator from New York 2001–2009; secretary of state 2009–2013 (wife of William J. Clinton).
James, 1733–1812, American general in the Revolutionary War (brother of George Clinton).
William J(efferson) (“Bill”) born 1946, 42nd president of the U.S. 1993–2001.
a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
a city in central Maryland.
a town in W Mississippi.
a city in central Massachusetts.
a town in S Connecticut.
a male given name.
William Henry (Bill) born 1937, U.S. comedian and actor.
James, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
William (“Bill”) 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
Sir Arthur John, 1851–1941, English archaeologist.
Dame Edith, 1888–1976, English actress.
Herbert McLean
[muh-kleyn] /məˈkleɪn/ (Show IPA), 1882–1971, U.S. embryologist and anatomist.
Janet, born 1971, U.S. swimmer.
Mary Ann, Eliot, George.
Maurice, 1901–1989, U.S. actor and producer, born in England.
Oliver, 1755–1819, U.S. inventor: constructed the first high-pressure steam engine in the U.S. 1801?.
Robley Dunglison
[rob-lee duhng-gluh-suh n] /ˈrɒb li ˈdʌŋ glə sən/ (Show IPA), (“Fighting Bob”) 1846–1912, U.S. admiral.
[roo-duhlf] /ˈru dʌlf/ (Show IPA), 1878–1960, U.S. sculptor.
Walker, 1903–75, U.S. photographer.
William John (“Bill”) 1929–80, U.S. jazz pianist.
Mount, a mountain in N central Colorado, in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. 14,264 feet (4348 meters).
Horatio, 1728–1806, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
William (“Bill”) born 1956, U.S. entrepreneur.
Alex, 1921–92, U.S. writer.
William John Clifton (“Bill”) 1925–81, U.S. musician: rockabilly pioneer.
William John, Jr (“Bill”) born 1932, U.S. jockey.
William Henry (“Bill”) 1921–2003, U.S. political cartoonist.
Harriet, 1861?–1936, U.S. editor and poet.
James, 1758–1831, 5th president of the U.S. 1817–25.
Marilyn (Norma Jean Baker or Mortenson) 1926–62, U.S. film actress.
William Smith (“Bill”; “The Father of Bluegrass”) 1911–96, U.S. musician, singer, and songwriter.
a city in N Louisiana.
a city in SE Michigan, on Lake Erie.
a town in SW Connecticut.
a city in S North Carolina.
a town in S Wisconsin.
Fort. Fort Monroe.
a male given name.
James Charles (“Jimmie”) 1897–1933, U.S. country-and-western singer, guitarist, and composer.
Richard, 1902–79, U.S. composer of popular music.
William Henry (“Bill”) born 1947, U.S. distance runner.
Bertrand (Arthur William), 3rd Earl, 1872–1970, English philosopher, mathematician, and author: Nobel Prize in literature 1950.
Charles Edward, 1860–1941, U.S. journalist, sociologist, biographer, and political leader.
Charles Taze
[teyz] /teɪz/ (Show IPA), (“Pastor Russell”) 1852–1916, U.S. religious leader and publisher: founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Elizabeth Mary, Countess (Mary Annette Beauchamp”Elizabeth”) 1866–1941, Australian novelist.
George William (“Æ”) 1867–1935, Irish poet and painter.
Henry Norris, 1877–1957, U.S. astronomer.
John Russell, 1st Earl (Lord John Russell) 1792–1878, British statesman: prime minister 1846–52, 1865–66.
Lillian (Helen Louise Leonard) 1861–1922, U.S. singer and actress.
William Felton
[fel-tn] /ˈfɛl tn/ (Show IPA), (“Bill”) born 1934, U.S. basketball player and coach.
Mount, a mountain in E California, in the Sierra Nevada. 14,088 feet (4294 meters).
a mountain in S central Alaska, in the Alaska Range. 11,670 feet (3557 meters).
a male given name.
Clark, born 1920, U.S. jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player and singer.
Ellen (Alicia or Alice) 1848?–1928, English actress.
Megan (Marguerite Duffy) born 1932, U.S. playwright and feminist.
William (“Bill”; “Memphis Bill”) 1898–1989, U.S. baseball player.
a male given name, form of Terrence or Theodore.
a female given name, form of Theresa.
Contemporary Examples

Conservative Republicans Stumble Toward a Border Bill Tim Mak July 31, 2014
Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns Are Irrelevant to the Presidential Race Peter Beinart August 5, 2012
9/11: The View From Above Winston Ross September 10, 2012
High Oil Prices Are Wall Street’s Fault Paul Kix March 16, 2011
Enough Already on Don’t You Remember Medicare Part D? Michael Tomasky October 28, 2013

Historical Examples

The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various
Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
From Powder Monkey to Admiral W.H.G. Kingston

money owed for goods or services supplied: an electricity bill
a written or printed account or statement of money owed
(mainly Brit) such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etc Usual US and Canadian word check
any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programme: who’s on the bill tonight?
(informal) fit the bill, fill the bill, to serve or perform adequately
a statute in draft, before it becomes law
a printed notice or advertisement; poster
(US & Canadian) a piece of paper money; note
an obsolete name for promissory note
(law) See bill of indictment
See bill of exchange
See bill of fare
(archaic) any document
verb (transitive)
to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
to advertise by posters
to schedule as a future programme: the play is billed for next week
the mouthpart of a bird, consisting of projecting jaws covered with a horny sheath; beak. It varies in shape and size according to the type of food eaten and may also be used as a weapon
any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
a narrow promontory: Portland Bill
(nautical) the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
verb (intransitive)
(of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
(of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
short for billhook
(ornithol) another word for boom1 (sense 4)
Bill, full name William Jefferson Clinton. born 1946, US Democrat politician; 42nd president of the US (1993–2001)
his wife, Hillary Rodham. born 1947, US Democrat politician and lawyer: first lady (1993–2001); senator (2001–09); secretary of state (2009–13)
Sir Arthur (John). 1851–1941, British archaeologist, whose excavations of the palace of Knossos in Crete provided evidence for the existence of the Minoan civilization
Dame Edith (Mary Booth). 1888–1976, British actress
Sir Geraint (Llewellyn). 1922–92, Welsh operatic baritone
Herbert McLean. 1882–1971, US anatomist and embryologist; discoverer of vitamin E (1922)
Mary Ann. real name of (George) Eliot (sense 1)
Oliver. 1755–1819, US engineer: invented the continuous production line and a high-pressure steam engine
Walker. 1903–75, US photographer, noted esp for his studies of rural poverty in the Great Depression
Bill, full name William Henry Gates. born 1955, US computer-software executive and philanthropist; founder (1976) of Microsoft Corporation
Henry Louis. born 1950, US scholar and critic, who pioneered African-American studies in such works as Figures in Black (1987)
Horatio. ?1728–1806, American Revolutionary general: defeated the British at Saratoga (1777)
Bill, full name William John Clifton Haley. 1925–81, US rock and roll singer, best known for his recording of “Rock Around the Clock” (1955)
James. 1758–1831, US statesman; fifth president of the US (1817–25). He promulgated the Monroe Doctrine (1823)
Marilyn, born Norma Jeane Mortenson. later Norma Jeane Baker, sometimes spelled Norma Jean, 1926–62, US film actress. Her films include Niagara (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Some Like It Hot (1959)
Richard. 1902–79, US composer of musical comedies. He collaborated with the librettist Lorenz Hart on such musicals as A Connecticut Yankee (1927), On Your Toes (1936), and Pal Joey (1940). After Hart’s death his librettist was Oscar Hammerstein II. Two of their musicals, Oklahoma! (1943) and South Pacific (1949), received the Pulitzer Prize
Bertrand (Arthur William), 3rd Earl. 1872–1970, British philosopher and mathematician. His books include Principles of Mathematics (1903), Principia Mathematica (1910–13) with A. N. Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (1919), The Problems of Philosophy (1912), The Analysis of Mind (1921), and An Enquiry into Meaning and Truth (1940): Nobel prize for literature 1950
George William pen name æ. 1867–1935, Irish poet and journalist
Henry Norris. 1877–1957, US astronomer and astrophysicist, who originated one form of the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram
John, 1st Earl. 1792–1878, British statesman; prime minister (1846–52; 1865–66). He led the campaign to carry the 1832 Reform Act
Ken. 1927–2011, British film director. His films include Women in Love (1969), The Music Lovers (1970), The Boy Friend (1971), Valentino (1977), Gothic (1986), and The Rainbow (1989)
noun (pl) -ries
an uncut loop in the pile of towelling or a similar fabric

a fabric with such a pile on both sides
(as modifier): a terry towel

Dame Ellen. 1847–1928, British actress, noted for her Shakespearean roles opposite Sir Henry Irving and for her correspondence with George Bernard Shaw
(John) Quinlan (ˈkwɪnlən). born 1937, British architect, noted for his works in neoclassical style, such as the Richmond riverside project (1984)
American biologist who discovered vitamin E in 1922 and conducted research that led to the discovery of the growth hormone in the pituitary gland.
American astronomer who studied binary stars and developed methods to calculate their mass and distances. Working independently of Ejnar Hertzsprung, Russell also demonstrated the relationship between types of stars and their absolute magnitude. This correlation is now known as the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.

A single dollar: Can I borrow a couple of bills until tomorrow? (1910+)
A hundred dollars: I laid out four bills for that shearling (1920s+)
A hundred yards of gain in football: Coach Jackson told me I needed two bills to win (1990s+ Football)

terry cloth

clean bill of health
fill the bill
foot the bill
sell a bill of goods


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