• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bill-chamber a department of the Court of Session in Scotland which deals with summary business—so called because formerly both summonses and diligence or execution were for the most part commenced by a writ called a bill
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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:

They now swam to the door of Cap'n Bill's room and found the Peony Chamber a solid block of ice.
"The Sea Fairies" by L. Frank Baum
Pen was rather curious about the bill-stamps, and concerning the transactions in Strong's chambers.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He said that the People's Chamber had passed the bill.
"The Grand Old Man" by Richard B. Cook
I wish as 'ow Bill Chambers and Henery Walker and a few more 'ad been 'ere just now.
"Ship's Company, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
The Bill stopped short of sending them to the lethal chamber, but recommended that they should pay triple fees.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, May 27, 1914" by Various
On the same day fifty-two deputies of the Left laid before the Chambers a bill of impeachment against the Ministry.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Of the two temporary bills introduced into the Chamber in 1815, that respecting the prevotal courts met with the least opposition.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The next April the first woman suffrage bill was passed by the Second Chamber.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
After the separation of the chambers their consent became necessary for the passage of all bills, even money bills.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
The Upper Chamber, if elected, might claim equal power with the Lower, including power over money bills.
"George Brown" by John Lewis

In news:

Tap-tap-tap went George W Bush's feet under his chair in the Old Senate Chamber Wednesday as he waited through a speech by his longtime friend, heart surgeon and one-time majority leader Bill Frist .
In order for a bill to be eligible for further debate, it must be passed out of committee in the chamber it did not originate in.
House Speaker Michael E Busch presided over a marathon meeting this afternoon of key leaders in his chamber on a gambling expansion bill.
COLUMBIA — City Council candidates Bill Pauls and Bill Tillotson received a seal of approval from the the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
Dozens of bipartisan legislators are sponsoring bills in both chambers meant to ease the financial burden on parents who have children with autism.
Monday's 24-16 vote was the first time either chamber of the state Legislature has passed such a bill.
WASHINGTON – US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Friday postponed a showdown vote in his chamber on the PIPA online anti-piracy bill that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley.
As 200 people sat eating, Chamber President Bill Kokenos told the audience why Porter was important to Orion's economy.
A vote for an amendment during debate on a fiscal matters bill involving the judiciary revealed fewer than 100 members were in the chamber.
Editor's Note: This guest column is compiled by Patrice Edwards, Chair, board of directors, and Bill Tysseling, executive director at the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce, for the Board of Directors.
Thank you to the Billings Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Business Bureau for surprising me a month ago as the Adult Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
Juke chats with Jack Ribbons and Bill Patterson of the Holland office of SCORE , the business advising agency located along the Lakeshore in the offices of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce.
Despite some scary revenue shortfalls , the legislature passed a $5.8 billion budget bill in May--a month ahead of schedule--by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both chambers.
Orrin G Hatch, Utah Republican and long-standing advocate of DC voting rights, has threatened to filibuster the bill if it reaches his chamber.
She replaces Bill O'Brien, who took a position with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.