Billet



lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
Military. an official order, written or verbal, directing the person to whom it is addressed to provide such lodging.
a place assigned, as a bunk, berth, or the like, to a member of a ship’s crew.
job; position; appointment.
Archaic. a written note, short letter, or the like.
Military. to direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.
to provide lodging for; quarter:
We arranged with the townspeople to billet the students.
to obtain lodging; stay:
They billeted in youth hostels.
a small chunk of wood; a short section of a log, especially one cut for fuel.
Metalworking. a comparatively narrow, generally square, bar of steel, especially one rolled or forged from an ingot; a narrow bloom.
an iron or steel slab upon concrete, serving as a footing to a column.
Architecture. any of a series of closely spaced cylindrical objects, often in several rows, used as ornaments in a hollow molding or cornice.
a strap that passes through a buckle, as to connect the ends of a girth.
a pocket or loop for securing the end of a strap that has been buckled.
thumbpiece.
Heraldry. a small, rectangular figure with the longer sides generally vertical, said to represent a block of wood.
Historical Examples

S.O.S. Stand to! Reginald Grant
White Lies Charles Reade
The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
My Ten Years’ Imprisonment Silvio Pellico
The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
Punch or the London Charivari, September 9, 1914 Various
The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
The Pearl of Lima Jules Verne
Through Our Unknown Southwest Agnes C. Laut
Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan

noun
accommodation, esp for a soldier, in civilian lodgings
the official requisition for such lodgings
a space or berth allocated, esp for slinging a hammock, in a ship
(informal) a job
(archaic) a brief letter or document
verb -lets, -leting, -leted
(transitive) to assign a lodging to (a soldier)
(transitive) (informal) to assign to a post or job
to lodge or be lodged
noun
a chunk of wood, esp for fuel
(metallurgy)

a metal bar of square or circular cross section
an ingot cast into the shape of a prism

(architect) a carved ornament in a moulding, with short cylinders or blocks evenly spaced
v.
n.

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