• WordNet 3.6
    • n shilling an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound
    • n shilling a former monetary unit in Great Britain
    • n shilling the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents
    • n shilling the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents
    • n shilling the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents
    • n shilling the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England. The cost of chocolate was about 13 shillings per pound and was a drink that only the elite enjoyed
    • Shilling A silver coin, and money of account, of Great Britain and its dependencies, equal to twelve pence, or the twentieth part of a pound, equivalent to about twenty-four cents of the United States currency.
    • Shilling In the United States, a denomination of money, differing in value in different States. It is not now legally recognized.
    • Shilling The Spanish real, of the value of one eight of a dollar, or 12 cets; -- formerly so called in New York and some other States. See Note under 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
    • n shilling A coin or money of account, of varying value, in use among the Anglo-Saxons and other Teutonic peoples.
    • n shilling An English silver coin, first issued by Henry VII., in whose reign it weighed 144 grains. The coin has been issued by succeeding English rulers. The shilling of Victoria weighs 87.2727 grains troy. Twenty shillings are equal to one pound (£1 = $4.84), and twelve pence to one shilling (about 24 cents). (Abbreviated s., sh.) At the time when the decimal system was adopted by the United States. the shilling or twentieth part of the pound in the currency of New England and Virginia was equal to one sixth of a dollar; in that of New York and North Carolina, to one eighth of a dollar; in that of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, to two fifteenths of a dollar; and in that of South Carolina and Georgia, to three fourteenths of a dollar. Reckoning by the shilling is still not uncommon in some parts of the United States, especially in rural New England. See also cuts under pine-tree, portcullis, 4, and accolated.
    • n shilling In archery, a measure of weight for arrows, equal to the weight of a new (British) silver shilling: as, a 4s. 6d. arrow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "guinea pig" originated when a tax was imposed on powder for wigs in England to help pay for the war with Napoleon. The list of those who had paid the guinea (one pound, one shilling) was posted on their parish church door. As they were the wealthy of the day, they became known as the guinea pigs.
    • n Shilling shil′ing an English silver coin=12 pence
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  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound”
  • Robert Pollok
    Robert Pollok
    “With one hand he put a penny in the urn of poverty, and with the other took a shilling out.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shilling, schilling, AS. scilling,; akin to D. schelling, OS. & OHG. scilling, G. schilling, Sw. & Dan. skilling, Icel. skillingr, Goth. skilliggs, and perh. to OHG. scellan, to sound, G. schallen,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scilling; Ger. schilling.


In literature:

All the province for forty shillings a year rent!
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
During the reign of Ethelred, a tax of a shilling a hide had been imposed on all the lands of England.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John" by David Hume
We add the smaller items and it reaches a total of ninety-three pounds seven shillings and fourpence.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
I had three or four thousand pounds clear, and I spent every shilling of it on the Chelsea election.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
He was fined thirty shillings, and ordered to be admonished by the governor.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
And now, poor soul, he hasn't a shilling, barring an odd pound or two I give him once or twice a month.
"The Drone" by Rutherford Mayne
Had to give him an extra shilling.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
Won't the pretty face of her bring the shillings?
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
One was the woman who so kindly gave me the shilling in the market, when I was cold and hungry.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
I see that what you paid only came to L4 16 shillings 6 pence, instead of L4 17 shillings 6 pence.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

The king he blew shill in a siller whustle;
An' tramp, tramp, doon the pier
Cam twenty men on twenty horses,
Clankin wi' spur an' spear.
"The Yerl O' Waterydeck" by George MacDonald
We asked the kid to give his name:
He didn’t seem too willing—
The darkey played the darkey’s game—
We tipped him with a shilling!
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
"The world was all before him" twice,
But where to chuse he'd now no choice;
Like Cain must wander; and, what's worse,
Without a shilling in his purse.
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton
Little Birds are playing
Bagpipes on the shore,
Where the tourists snore:
"Thanks!" they cry. "'Tis thrilling!
Take, oh take this shilling!
Let us have no more!"
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll
"Schall y haff yowr forty shillings," seyde Lytel John,
"Or ye, master, schall haffe myne?"
"Yeff they wer a hundred," seyde Roben,
"Y feythe, they ben all theyne."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
First there's bold Tommy Aitkins himself,
For a shilling a day of poor pelf,
And for love of his King,
And the fun of the thing,
He fights till he's laid on the shelf.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens

In news:

John Roberts, insurance industry shill .
Cruz Walks Line Between Star and Shill .
The Union Leader's shill game.
Jimmy Kimmel Is a Hilarious, Mean Corporate Shill .
's Andrew Andrew Shill for Roosevelt Island.
Parks and Recreation Stars Shill for New Humblebrag Book, No Big Deal (Video).
Articles by Erik Shilling Email the Author.
Danny Shilling speaks before he demonstrates dog-herding at the South Farm Showcase on Saturday.
OK, admittedly, become a billionaire in Ugandan Shilling s with smartphone apps but that's still real money.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, November 27th, at the Union Community Church with Pastor Rick Shill officiating.
Watch Will Ferrell Shill for Beer Again.
Too many of our colleagues make a living traveling around the country as plaintiff shills, spewing vitriolic garbage with no basis and do so solely for the purposes of supporting the plaintiff 's case.
HTC could be shilling out between $6 and $8 to Apple per phone the company sells as part of the companies' recent licensing settlement, according to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu.
The son of Gisela Shilling Chandla and Edward Chandla, he was born on December 12, 1982.
Republican leaders aren't embarrassed in the slightest to shill for the rich.

In science:

In this paper, we consider the case of adding one shill to control the collective behavior with the shill denoted as (x0 , θ0).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
Without any constraint, the shill can fly to anywhere with a ‘deceptive’ heading.
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
The intuition behinds uβ is to put the shill to the position of the ‘worst’ agent s(t) at each time step t and try to ‘pull’ it to the desired direction π .
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
At any time step t, the shill is affecting the agent s(t) with heading θ0 (t).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
For k ≥ 2, however, the shill may not affect the agent s(t), so the worst case where η (k) has the smallest value is that the agent s(t) is surrounded by n − 1 agents with heading θs(t) (t) again, but without the shill in its neighborhood (see Fig.3-(b)).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent