the respiratory organ of aquatic animals, as fish, that breathe oxygen dissolved in water.
Also called lamella. one of the radiating vertical plates on the underside of the cap of an agaric mushroom.
verb (used with object)
to gut or clean (fish).
to catch (fish) by the gills in a gill net.
green / white around the gills, somewhat pale, as from being sickly, nervous, or frightened:
When he heard how much the bill was, he looked a little green around the gills.
to the gills, Informal. fully; completely; totally:
After that big meal we were all stuffed to the gills.
[gil] /gɪl/ Textiles.
a faller used in the combing process, generally for only the highest-quality fibers.
verb (used with object)
to comb (fibers) with a gill.
the respiratory organ in many aquatic animals, consisting of a membrane or outgrowth well supplied with blood vessels. External gills occur in tadpoles, some molluscs, etc; internal gills, within gill slits, occur in most fishes related adjective branchial
any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom
to catch (fish) or (of fish) to be caught in a gill net
(transitive) to gut (fish)
a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint
(Northern English, dialect) half a pint, esp of beer
a narrow stream; rivulet
a wooded ravine
(capital when part of place name) a deep natural hole in rock; pothole: Gaping Gill
(archaic) a girl or sweetheart
(dialect) a female ferret Also spelt jill
an archaic or dialect name for ground ivy
(Arthur) Eric (Rowton). 1882–1940, British sculptor, engraver, and typographer: his sculptures include the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, London
“organ of breathing in fishes,” early 14c., of unknown origin, perhaps from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse giolnar which perhaps means “gills;” Old Danish -gæln (in fiske-gæln “fish gill”). Related: Gills.
liquid measure (commonly a half-pint), late 13c., from Old French gille, a wine measure, and directly from Medieval Latin gillo “earthenware jar,” of uncertain origin.
fem. proper name, see Jill.
- Gilles de la tourette syndrome
/dʒiːl də læ tʊəˈrɛt/ noun 1. another name for Tourette syndrome
[gi-les-pee] /gɪˈlɛs pi/ noun 1. John Birks [burks] /bɜrks/ (Show IPA), (“Dizzy”) 1917–93, U.S. jazz trumpeter and composer. /ɡɪˈlɛspɪ/ noun 1. Dizzy, nickname of John Birks Gillespie. 1917–93, US jazz trumpeter
[ji-let] /dʒɪˈlɛt/ noun 1. Frederick Huntington, 1851–1935, U.S. political leader: Speaker of the House 1919–25. 2. a male given name, form of .
humour (Usenet) The unit of analogical bogosity. According to its originator, the standard for one gilley was “the act of bogotoficiously comparing the shutting down of 1000 machines for a day with the killing of one person”. The milligilley has been found to suffice for most normal conversational exchanges. (1995-03-17)