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billet

Definitions

  • A second floor billet
    A second floor billet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v billet provide housing for (military personnel)
    • n billet a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n billet lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
    • n billet a short personal letter "drop me a line when you get there"
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THE JOY OF BILLETING IN A FRENCH CHATEAU THE JOY OF BILLETING IN A FRENCH CHATEAU

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Billet (Her) A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
    • Billet (Saddlery) A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap.
    • Billet (Metal) A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.
    • Billet A small paper; a note; a short letter. "I got your melancholy billet ."
    • Billet A small stick of wood, as for firewood. "They shall beat out my brains with billets ."
    • Billet (Saddlery) A strap which enters a buckle.
    • Billet A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.
    • Billet (Arch) An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
    • Billet Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or ticket; berth; position. Also used fig. "The men who cling to easy billets ashore.""His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet, and there they rankle."
    • v. t Billet (Mil) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses. "Billeted in so antiquated a mansion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n billet A small paper or note in writing; a short letter or document.
    • n billet A ticket given by a billet-master or other officer directing the person to whom it is addressed to provide board and lodging for the soldier bearing it.
    • n billet Hence The place where a soldier is lodged; lodging; accommodation.
    • n billet The place (marked by a numbered hammock-hook) assigned to each of the crew of a man-of-war for slinging his hammock.
    • n billet Hence A place, situation, position, or appointment: as, he is looking for a billet.
    • n billet A ballot or voting-paper.
    • billet To direct (a soldier) by a ticket or note where to lodge; hence, to quarter or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.
    • billet To be quartered; lodge: specifically applied to soldiers.
    • n billet A small stick of wood; especially, a stick of wood cut for fuel. A billet of firewood must, by a statute of Elizabeth, measure 3 feet 4 inches in length. Bundles of billets are called billet-wood.
    • n billet In heraldry, a bearing in the form of a small rectangle, usually set with the long sides vertical. The number, position, and tincture must always be specified: thus, the illustration shows three billets azure in chief. Billets should always be represented flat, without shadow or relief. See brick, 4.
    • n billet In architecture: An ornament much used in early medieval work, consisting of an imitation of a wooden billet, or a small section of a rod, of which a series are placed at regular intervals in or upon a molding, usually a concave molding. See cut under billet-molding.
    • n billet A checker.
    • n billet A short strap used for connecting various straps and portions of a harness.
    • n billet A pocket or loop into which the end of a strap is inserted after passing through a buckle.
    • n billet A small bloom; a short bar of iron or steel, with a square section, and of smaller size than an ordinary “pile.” A billet is rolled of the size and weight required for the finished article which is to be produced from it.
    • n billet A local English name of the coal-fish, especially when one year old.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Billet bil′et a little note or paper: a ticket assigning quarters to soldiers
    • v.t Billet to quarter or lodge, as soldiers
    • n Billet bil′et a small log of wood used as fuel:
    • n Billet bil′et (archit.) an ornament in Norman architecture resembling billets of wood
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. billette, bille, log; of unknown origin; a different word from bille, ball. Cf. Billiards Billot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. billettebille, the young stock of a tree, prob. of Celt. orig., perh. allied to Bole, the trunk of a tree.

Usage

In literature:

All the inhabitants of the river-front have been turned out and it is occupied with offices, stores, hospitals and billets.
"Letters from Mesopotamia" by Robert Palmer
Talbot Dickinson had been here a day or two and had arranged about billets.
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
And I can stow it in my billet.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
The Officers were treated like the best friends of the families with whom they were billeted.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
C. knew the village where the regiment was to be billeted.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
Next afternoon, while resting in billets to where I had been ordered, a shell struck the building, a splinter knocking out the eye of Ed.
"S.O.S. Stand to!" by Reginald Grant
On 16th August we moved a few miles farther back across the Canal to La Miquellerie where we had as good billets as we had seen in France.
"The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry" by D. D. Ogilvie
Scattered among the Colonial Corps, whether on the march or in billets, were the black men.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
Here were billets, a word of which we had almost forgotten to use.
"The Seventh Manchesters" by S. J. Wilson
One of the Sisters had heard from her mother in Scotland that she had five Russian officers billeted!
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
However, when New Year's came we were at rest billet, and our beloved Colonel had planned a big dinner for us.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
He doesn't believe in my zeal for efficiency at Mudros; he thinks my little plan is to work General Ellison into the billet.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
My first experience of billeting was sufficient to prove the very arbitrary character of the whole proceeding.
"With The Immortal Seventh Division" by E. J. Kennedy and the Lord Bishop of Winchester
Rotten billets are usually only given to troops who leave their billets untidy when they leave.
"Letters from France" by Isaac Alexander Mack
Most of these places had been used for soldiers' billets scores of times before.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
The march to the barn billet was a miracle of endurance, (p. 032) but all lived it through and thanked Heaven heartily when it was over.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
The Brigadier lent me a horse and I rode with his staff over to Caestre where the brigade was to be billeted.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Meanwhile the artillery and cavalry had gone into billets in the surrounding villages, and were behaving splendidly.
"On the Fringe of the Great Fight" by George G. Nasmith
The Clerestory in each compartment has a window which differs from the aisle windows in having the billet as decoration of its outer moulding.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle" by C. King Eley
If the price of these billets advanced, the wages they received per ton advanced proportionately.
"A Short History of Pittsburgh" by Samuel Harden Church
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In poetry:

"He is taken by the throat,
In the bursting flame will quiver,
He the billet for all shot,
He the shell's objective ever."
"Any Mother" by Katharine Tynan
I cou'd say something — see this billet-doux —
And as for presents — look upon my shoe —
These buckles were not forc'd, nor half a theft,
But a young Countess fondly made the gift.
"Tuesday, St. James's Coffee-House" by Mary Wortley Montagu
In the morn's early season this billet she caught,
In her bosom new hopes and new tenors now spring;
At her window she stood, and in turbulent thought,
"Once more my Anglama (she said) seek my ring!"
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
All her pain was encreased, when this billet she read,
"Thy Hermossan, my love, will be with thee at noon,
When thy faith shall dispell all his amorous dread,
And thy ruby's true radiance eclipse the false moon!"
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
"Fellow men," quoth Ebenezer, in his first campaign address.
"My desire to gain election is most eager, I confess:
True, some patriotic ardor fills me with its holy fire;
But to get a safe and steady billet is my main desire.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis
Then Jack Carew his arts essayed,
With honeyed sighs and feigned weeping.
Good lack! his billets bound the curls
That pretty Pam she wore a-sleeping.
Next day these curls had richer beauty,
So well Jack's fervor did its duty.
"Pamela In Town" by Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz

In news:

New Products Issue 11 Hamburgers Performance Two Piece Billet Timing Cover.
Crooked Billet Elementary briefly locked down By Kimberly Flanders Staff Writer Calkins Media, Inc.
South Carolina State Ports Authority vice president Byron Miller announced Friday morning that Metglas Inc of Conway will have its first shipment of steel billets arrive in Georgetown on Nov 6.
At Gerdau's St Paul steel mill, steel made from crushed cars and scrap metal is cast into billets.
Compared to mag, slotted or billet wheels which come and go depending on the latest trends, wire wheels have remained a mainstay among many classic car enthusiasts.
1979 Chevy C10 Billet Phantom Grille.
This great looking scale rig comes with a realistic billet aluminum ladder frame chassis, true to scale leaf spring suspension, and highly detailed body with a dropped bed.
Next Lockars Billet Brake And Gas Pedal Throttle Assembly Pedals Installed.
Lockars Billet Brake And Gas Pedal Throttle Assembly Pedals Installed.
Lockars Billet Brake And Gas Pedal Throttle Assembly Pedal .
Lockars Billet Brake And Gas Pedal Throttle Assembly Removing Throttle Cable.
Total Control Products Billet Pedal Pads add stylish grip to your stock pedals .
Billeted in one place, Tacitus says, the guard enhanced Sejanus' political influence.
The first mallet from the revered Japanese club manufacturer, the KM-007 is forged from a billet of the finest quality, low-carbon steel (the number comes from its position in the company's series of putters ).
13 The four-window billet switch kit (PN 99022) comes with the Illuminated switches and wiring harness for simple installation.
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In science:

Ehrengruber, M. U., Ehler, E., Billeter, M. A. & Naim, H. Y. 2002 Measles virus spreads in rat hippocampal neurons by cell-to-cell contact and in a polarized fashion. J.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Tantalum samples in those tests were prepared by melting large ingots, then forging them into billets which were then annealed and cut prior to cross rolling.
Experimental results and constitutive modelling for tungsten and tantalum at high strain rates and very high temperatures
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