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billet

BILL'ET, n. [dim. of bill;]

A small paper or note in writing, used for various purposes; sometimes it is a short letter, addressed to some person; sometimes a ticket directing soldiers at what house to lodge.

In heraldry, billet is a bearing in the form of a long square.




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BILL'ET, n. [dim. of bill;]

A small paper or note in writing, used for various purposes; sometimes it is a short letter, addressed to some person; sometimes a ticket directing soldiers at what house to lodge.

In heraldry, billet is a bearing in the form of a long square.


BILL'ET, n. [Fr. billot.]

A small stick of wood.


BILL'ET, n. [dim. of bill; Fr. billet; It. bulletta.]

A small paper or note in writing, used for various purposes; sometimes it is a short letter, addressed to some person; sometimes a ticket, directing soldiers at what house to lodge. In heraldry, billet is a hearing in the form of a long square. – Encyc.


BILL'ET, v.t. [from billet, a ticket.]

To direct a soldier by a ticket or note where to lodge: hence, to quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.


Bil"let
  1. A small paper; a note; a short letter.

    "I got your melancholy billet." Sterne.
  2. 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.
    W. Irving.

  3. A small stick of wood, as for firewood.

    They shall beat out my brains with billets.
    Shak.

  4. Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or ticket; berth; position. Also used fig.

    [Colloq.]

    The men who cling to easy billets ashore. Harper's Mag.

    His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet, and there they rankle. Pall Mall Mag.

  5. A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.
  6. A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.
  7. An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.
  8. A strap which enters a buckle.

    (b)
  9. A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.
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Billet

BILL'ET, noun [dim. of bill; ]

A small paper or note in writing, used for various purposes; sometimes it is a short letter, addressed to some person; sometimes a ticket directing soldiers at what house to lodge.

In heraldry, billet is a bearing in the form of a long square.

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