(Bill" book`) (Com.) A book in which a person keeps an account of his notes, bills, bills of exchange,
etc., thus showing all that he issues and receives.
(Bill" bro`ker) One who negotiates the discount of bills.
(Billed) a. Furnished with, or having, a bill, as a bird; used in composition; as, broad- billed.
(Bil"let) n. [F. billet, dim. of an OF. bille bill. See Bill a writing.]
1. A small paper; a note; a short letter. "I got your melancholy billet." Sterne.
2. A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.
(Bil"let), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Billeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Billeting.] [From Billet a ticket.] (Mil.) To
direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private
Billeted in so antiquated a mansion.
(Bil"let), n. [F. billette, bille, log; of unknown origin; a different word from bille ball. Cf. Billiards,
1. A small stick of wood, as for firewood.
They shall beat out my brains with billets.
2. (Metal.) A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.
3. (Arch.) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
4. (Saddlery) (a) A strap which enters a buckle. (b) A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.
5. (Her.) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
(||Bil`let-doux") n.; pl. Billets-doux [F. billet note + doux sweet, L. dulcis.] A love letter
A lover chanting out a billet-doux.
(Bil"let*head`) n. (Naut.) A round piece of timber at the bow or stern of a whaleboat, around
which the harpoon line is run out when the whale darts off.
(Bill"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) A name applied to several distinct fishes: (a) The garfish (Tylosurus, or
Belone, longirostris) and allied species. (b) The saury, a slender fish of the Atlantic coast (Scomberesox
saurus). (c) The Tetrapturus albidus, a large oceanic species related to the swordfish; the spearfish.
(d) The American fresh-water garpike (Lepidosteus osseus).
(Bill"head`) n. A printed form, used by merchants in making out bills or rendering accounts.
1. A person who holds a bill or acceptance.
2. A device by means of which bills, etc., are held.