• He Took out a Five-dollar Bill 159
    He Took out a Five-dollar Bill 159
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bill advertise especially by posters or placards "He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso"
    • v bill publicize or announce by placards
    • v bill demand payment "Will I get charged for this service?","We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights"
    • n bill the entertainment offered at a public presentation
    • n bill horny projecting mouth of a bird
    • n bill a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes "he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead"
    • n bill a long-handled saw with a curved blade "he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree"
    • n bill a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
    • n bill 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"
    • n bill a statute in draft before it becomes law "they held a public hearing on the bill"
    • n bill a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement "a poster advertised the coming attractions"
    • n bill an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution "he mailed the circular to all subscribers"
    • n bill a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank) "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jamestown soldiers carrying polearms (a halberd and a bill). (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown soldiers carrying polearms (a halberd and a bill). (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Bill Hollenback coming at you Bill Hollenback coming at you
Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks Two aces--Bill Morley and Harold Weeks
Uncle Bill and the Boys Uncle Bill and the Boys
Bill Brown as a Farmer Bill Brown as a Farmer
Did you hear that one, Bill? Did you hear that one, Bill?

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Gates house was partially designed using a Macintosh computer. new
    • n Bill A beak, as of a bird, or sometimes of a turtle or other animal.
    • Bill A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted with a handle; -- used in pruning, etc.; a billhook. When short, called a hand bill, when long, a hedge bill.
    • Bill (Law) 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.
    • Bill A form or draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.
    • Bill 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. "She put up the bill in her parlor window."
    • Bill A pickax, or mattock.
    • Bill A weapon of infantry, 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 end bills ."
    • Bill 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.
    • Bill An account of goods sold, services rendered, or work done, with the price or charge; a statement of a creditor's claim, in gross or by items; as, a grocer's bill .
    • Bill Any paper, containing a statement of particulars; as, a bill of charges or expenditures; a weekly bill of mortality; a bill of fare, etc.
    • Bill One who wields a bill; a billman.
    • n Bill The bell, or boom, of the bittern "The bittern's hollow bill was heard."
    • Bill (Naut) The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke.
    • Bill To advertise by a bill or public notice.
    • Bill To charge or enter in a bill; as, to bill goods.
    • Bill To join bills, as doves; to caress in fondness. "As pigeons bill ."
    • Bill To strike; to peck.
    • v. t Bill To work upon ( as to dig, hoe, hack, or chop anything) with a bill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: India has a Bill of Rights for cows
    • n bill The beak or neb of a bird. It consists of the upper and lower mandibles, so far as these are sheathed in horn. The apposed edges of the mandibles are the tomia; the line of apposition, the commissure; the highest middle lengthwise line of the upper mandible, the culmen or ridge; and the corresponding line of the lower mandible, the gonys or keel. The nasal fossa is a pit, usually close to the base of the upper mandible, in which the nostrils open; a sheath at the base of the bill is the cere. The leading shapes of the bill among birds are technically expressed by derivatives and compounds of rostrum (which see), as conirostral, dentirostral, tenuirostral, fissirostral, curvirostral, pressirostral, longirostral, cultrirostral, lamellirostral, etc.; and many other descriptive terms are equally technical in this application.
    • n bill The beak, snout, rostrum, or jaws of sundry other animals, as turtles, cephalopods, many fishes, etc.
    • bill To join bills or beaks, as doves; caress in fondness.
    • bill To rub the bill.
    • n bill In the earliest use, a kind of broadsword.
    • n bill An obsolete military weapon, consisting of a broad hook-shaped blade, having a short pike at the back and another at the summit, fixed to a long handle. It was used until the fifteenth century by the English infantry, especially in defending themselves against cavalry, and to the end of the seventeenth century by civic guards or watchmen, etc. They were formerly sometimes called brown-bills or black-bills, probably because not brightened, but colored like the modern rifle-barrel.
    • n bill A cutting instrument with a blade hook-shaped toward the point, or having a concave cutting edge, used by plumbers, basket-makers, gardeners, and others. Such instruments, when used by gardeners for pruning hedges, trees, etc., are called hedge-bills or bill-hooks. See bill-hook.
    • n bill A pickax; a mattock.
    • n bill Nautical: The point or extremity of the fluke of an anchor.
    • n bill The end of compass- or knee-timber.
    • n bill A writing of any kind, as a will, a medical prescription, etc.; a billet.
    • n bill A written petition; a prayer.
    • n bill In law, a name given to several papers in lawsuits; particularly, when used alone, to the bill in equity or bill of indictment (see below). It is a statement of complaint, and contains the fact complained of, the damage sustained, and a petition or process against the defendant for redress. It is used both in equity and in criminal cases. In Scots law, every summary application in writing, by way of petition to the Court of Session, is called a bill.
    • n bill In com., a written statement of the names, quantities, and prices of articles sold by one person to another, with the date of sale, or a statement of work done, with the amount charged; an account of money claimed for goods supplied or services rendered.
    • n bill An acknowledgment of debt; a promissory note: now obsolete except as sometimes used, especially in the United States, for bank-note. See 10.
    • n bill A bill of exchange (which see, below).
    • n bill Any written paper containing a statement of particulars: as, a bill of charges or expenditures; a bill of fare or provisions, etc.
    • n bill A form or draft of a proposed statute presented to a legislature, but not yet enacted or passed and made law. In some cases statutes are called bills, but usually they are qualified by some description: as, a bill of attainder.
    • n bill A paper written or printed, and intended to give public notice of something, especially by being exhibited in some public place; an advertisement posted; a placard.
    • n bill A banknote: usually with its amount: as, a five-dollar bill.
    • n bill Paper issued by the authority and on the faith of a State to be circulated as money. The Constitution of the United States (Art. I. § 10) provides that no State shall emit bills of credit, or make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.
    • n bill the sum to be paid;
    • n bill two dates, namely, the date of drawing and a time for payment or the means of determining the time, as where the bill is payable at sight or a certain time after sight, that is, presentment;
    • n bill the place where it is drawn. If the drawer and drawee are the same person, even in legal effect of name, as where a corporation by one officer draws on itself by naming another officer, as such, as the payee, the paper is not a bill of exchange, but a mere draft or promissory note. The drawer and the payee, however, may be the same, as where one draws to his own order and indorses to a third person. If the paper is not payable absolutely, as where it is expressed to be payable only out of a particular fund, it is not a bill of exchange; but a payment absolutely ordered may be directed to be charged to a particular account of the drawer. The words “value received” are usually inserted, but are not essential to validity. The drawee of a bill becomes liable by accepting it, usually done by writing his name across its face, and he is thereafter called the accepter; but a bill is negotiable before acceptance. In a foreign bill of exchange, the drawer and drawee are residents of different countries. In this respect, in the United States, the residents of the different States are foreign to one another.
    • n bill A similar statement or declaration of personal rights in the constitution of a State of the American Union, and incorporated in the amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
    • n bill A legislative bill appropriating an amount of money required to make up the deficiency of a previous appropriation which has proved inadequate.
    • bill To enter in a bill; make a bill or list of; charge or enter in an account for future payment: as, to bill goods or freight to a consignee; to bill passengers in a stage-coach; to bill a customer's purchases. See book, v. t.
    • bill To advertise by bill or public notice; announce on a play-bill: as, he was billed to appear as Othello.
    • n bill A bellow or roar: applied to the boom of the bittern.
    • n bill A headland: as, the bill of Portland (England).
    • bill To furnish or cover with bills or advertisements; placard: as, to bill the town.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest bill U.S. bill made is for $100,000
    • n Bill bil a kind of concave battle-axe with a long wooden handle: a kind of hatchet with a long blade and wooden handle in the same line with it, often with a hooked point, used in cutting thorn hedges or in pruning
    • n Bill bil the beak of a bird, or anything like it, applied even to a sharp promontory, as Portland Bill: the point of the fluke of an anchor—hence Bill′-board, , used to protect the planking from being injured by the bill when the anchor is weighed
    • v.i Bill to join bills as doves: to caress fondly
    • n Bill bil an account of money: a draft of a proposed law: a written engagement to pay a sum of money at a fixed date: a placard or advertisement: any written statement of particulars: in the criminal law of England, the formal name of a written accusation of serious crime preferred before a grand-jury
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Birds have bills too, and they keep on singing”
  • Walter Matthau
    Walter Matthau
    “My doctor gave me six months to live but when I couldn't pay the bill, he gave me six months more.”
  • Gloria Swanson
    Gloria Swanson
    “When I die, my epitaph should read: She Paid the Bills. That's the story of my private life.”
  • Minna Antrim
    “Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.”
  • Proverb
    “Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.”
  • Sir Hugh Walpole
    Sir Hugh Walpole
    “Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.”


Clean bill of health - If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there's nothing wrong; everything's fine.
Fit the bill - If something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
Foot the bill - The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa,or OF. bille,), for L. bulla, anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille, a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. Bull papal edict, Billet a paper
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Low L. billa, from L. bulla, anything round, a knob, a seal appended to a charter, hence a document bearing a seal, &c. See Bull, an edict.


In literature:

In the discussion on the Pembina bill in 1874, Senator Morton made an earnest speech in favor of woman's enfranchisement.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Frank wanted Bill to walk over and Bill suggested the same pastime for Frank; consequently neither one would go.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
It is his bill that is not paid, not mine.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Run if you can, and tell what Billings intends to do.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
Red Chief was sitting on Bill's chest, with one hand twined in Bill's hair.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
The grand jury, however, threw out the bill.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Job North, with Alexander Bludd and Bill Stevens, went out on the ice to hunt seal.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
Bankers want to send money there, and to do it they need bills of exchange.
"Elements of Foreign Exchange" by Franklin Escher
Bill was the kind of guy you could depend on in an emergency.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long
Wild Bill had promised him that; and he had every confidence in Wild Bill.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

First Tourist
Second Tourist
Yuba Bill, Driver
A Stranger
"An Idyl Of The Road" by Francis Bret Harte
which is not the case
with a man, our
bills give us no trouble.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
Said the Presidential Skeleton
I won't sign the bill
Said the Speaker skeleton
Yes you will
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Every page a victory.
Who cooked the feast for the victors?
Every ten years a great man?
Who paid the bill?
"Questions From A Worker Who Reads" by Bertolt Brecht
The British guns have spoken
And Bill may lose his crown,
The German line is broken,
And saur-kraut is down.
"German Securities Fall" by Abner Cosens
Dear reader, would you rather be
Like Jim, not crediting the ill,
Joyous in your serenity,
Or right, like Bill?
"Jim And Bill" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

690 KHNR AM is Honolulu's Conservative Talk Radio Station: Local and National News, Traffic, Dennis Miller, Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved, Mark Levin, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, and Dennis Prager.
Well, I was very surprised to see our first water and sewer bills, and now realize we have to start conserving water to lower these costly utility bills.
The state House of Representatives voted 58-51 today to pass a right-to-work bill for public employees and voted 58-52 on a bill for private sector workers.
It's their final appeal to Governor Brown to sign Assembly Bill 889 bill to give domestic workers overtime pay and breaks.
As the winter months are rolling in, energy bills go up NIPSCO offers a few simple steps you can take to save money on your energy bill through the winter.
The counterfeit bill is a genuine one dollar bill that has been washed out and then imprinted with a one hundred dollar bill.
The Colonie Police Department reported that over the past three weeks, there have been eight incidents involving counterfeit $20 bills and four incidents involving counterfeit $100 bills.
Police say over the last three weeks there have been eight incidents involving counterfeit $20 bills, and four involving counterfeit $100 bills.
They say anyone who handles money or works a cash register should pay close attention to the bills that they handle, and should use a counterfeit pen if they suspect a bill isn't authentic.
Inside the vehicle, they found more counterfeit bills as well as items used to make bogus bills, including a printer and a paper cutter.
The third-year Notre Dame head man is one of three finalists for the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award, along with Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Penn State's Bill O'Brien.
The utilities have also suspended bill collection and credit actions against customers with past-due bills, either through the end of this month or January.
Farm Bill Senate — On June 20, the Senate concluded its consideration of its version of the 2012 farm bill.
House Speaker Hannah Pingree says it's her goal to put the bill up for votes by day's end and send the bill back to the Senate for final approval.
William "Bill" Gravlee McAfee, 61 years old, died on November 30, 2012, in Snellville, Ga. Bill graduated from Lenoir High School in 1969 and later attended Montreat Anderson College.

In science:

This bill was sampled at monthly frequency, and in total we had 410 observations.
Parameter estimation and model testing for Markov processes via conditional characteristic functions
Baru(cid:11)olo, Dave Davis, Tim Heckman, Tom Herbst, Mark Hereld, Bill Keel, Lee Mundy, Sachiko Okumura, Hartmut Schulz, Harley Thronson, Virginia Trimble, Zhong Wang, Martin Ward and Paul van der Werf for providing images and preprints and for o(cid:11)ering helpful advice.
The Radio Emission from the Ultra-Luminous Far-Infrared Galaxy NGC 6240
The author wishes to thank Bill Dunwoodie, W.K.H.
Addendum to the Test of CP Violation in Tau Decay
Nevertheless, it may happen that one extra U(1) survives unbroken down to low energies, and if we are lucky, it may even fit the bill.
Theoretical Summary
The experimental achievements of the meson factory π -nucleon and π -nucleus programs were summarized in the excellent talks of Bill Gibbs, Jerry Miller, Bob Redwine, and Anna Hayes.
Symposium Summary and Outlook: Twenty Years of Meson Factory Physics