bill

When thinking about all the many meanings of the simple word bill think of the bill you get in a restaurant. A piece of paper that someone pushes toward you, right?

In the legislature, laws draft form are called bills––pieces of paper being passed around. Dollar bills and advertising bills get passed around too. A bird will push the bill of their beak into things too, and the bill of your baseball hat is the part that sticks out in front of the rest of you. When an actor demands top billing, they want to come first on the billboard marquis in front of the theater (and everywhere else).

Primary Meanings of bill

1.
nv
an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered
demand payment
2.
n
a statute in draft before it becomes law
3.
n
horny projecting mouth of a bird
4.
n
a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
5.
n
a long-handled saw with a curved blade
Full Definitions of bill
1

n an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered

“he paid his bill and left”
Synonyms:
account, invoice
Types:
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electric bill
a bill for money owed for electricity used
hotel bill
statement of charges for staying in a hotel
doctor's bill, medical bill
statement of charges for medical services
phone bill, telephone bill
statement of charges for telephone service
reckoning, tally
a bill for an amount due
tax bill
money owed for taxes
check, chit, tab
the bill in a restaurant
Type of:
financial statement, statement
a document showing credits and debits

n a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)

Synonyms:
Federal Reserve note, bank bill, bank note, banker's bill, banknote, government note, greenback, note
Types:
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silver certificate
formerly a bank note issued by the United States Treasury and redeemable in silver
c-note, hundred dollar bill
a United States bill worth 100 dollars
fifty, fifty dollar bill
a United States bill worth 50 dollars
twenty, twenty dollar bill
a United States bill worth 20 dollars
ten dollar bill, tenner
a United States bill worth 10 dollars
five dollar bill, five-spot, fiver
a United States bill worth 5 dollars
two dollar bill
a United States bill worth 2 dollars
buck, clam, dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill
a piece of paper money worth one dollar
nickel, nickel note
five dollars worth of a drug
Type of:
folding money, paper currency, paper money
currency issued by a government or central bank and consisting of printed paper that can circulate as a substitute for specie

n a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)

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bill of entry
a list of goods received at a customhouse for export or import
bill of goods
a consignment of merchandise
bill of fare, card, carte, carte du jour, menu
a list of dishes available at a restaurant
playbill
a theatrical program
a la carte
a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices
prix fixe
a menu listing fixed meals at fixed prices
table d'hote
a menu offering a complete meal with limited choices at a fixed price
Type of:
list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

n an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

Synonyms:
broadsheet, broadside, circular, flier, flyer, handbill, throwaway
Types:
stuffer
an advertising circular that is enclosed with other material and (usually) sent by mail
Type of:
ad, advert, advertisement, advertising, advertizement, advertizing
a public promotion of some product or service

n a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement

Synonyms:
card, notice, placard, poster, posting
Types:
show bill, show card, theatrical poster
a poster advertising a show or play
flash card, flashcard
a card with words or numbers or pictures that is flashed to a class by the teacher
Type of:
sign
a public display of a message

n the entertainment offered at a public presentation

Type of:
program, programme
a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation

v demand payment

“We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights”
Synonyms:
charge
charge
enter a certain amount as a charge
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impose, levy
impose and collect
tithe
exact a tithe from
assess
charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
undercharge
charge (someone) too little money
surcharge
charge an extra fee, as for a special service
invoice
send an bill to
toll
charge a fee for using
tithe
levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
reimpose
impose anew
lay
impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
mulct
impose a fine on
tax
levy a tax on
distrain
levy a distress on
Type of:
account, calculate
keep an account of

v publicize or announce by placards

Synonyms:
placard
Type of:
post
publicize with, or as if with, a poster

v advertise especially by posters or placards

“He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso”
Type of:
advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
2

n a statute in draft before it becomes law

“they held a public hearing on the bill
Synonyms:
measure
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appropriation bill
a legislative act proposing to authorize the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose
bill of attainder
a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial
bottle bill
a statute that would require merchants to reclaim used bottles
farm bill
a statute that would regulate farm production and prices
trade bill
a statute that would regulate foreign trade
Type of:
instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
3

n horny projecting mouth of a bird

Synonyms:
beak, neb, nib, pecker
Types:
cere
the fleshy, waxy covering at the base of the upper beak of some birds
Type of:
mouth
the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening
4

n a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes

“he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead”
Synonyms:
eyeshade, peak, visor, vizor
Type of:
brim
a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
5

n a long-handled saw with a curved blade

“he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree”
Synonyms:
billhook
Type of:
saw
hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting

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