Verb billet Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive, of a householder etc.) To lodge soldiers, or guests, usually by order. (intransitive, of a soldier) To lodge, or be quartered, in a private house. (transitive) To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge.

More definition:

1.lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.

2.Military. an official order, written or verbal, directing the person to whom it is addressed to provide such lodging.

3.a place assigned, as a bunk, berth, or the like, to a member of a ship's crew.

4.job; position; appointment.

5.Archaic. a written note, short letter, or the like.

6.Military. to direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge. provide lodging for; quarter, We arranged with the townspeople to billet the students. obtain lodging; stay, They billeted in youth hostels.

1.a small chunk of wood; a short section of a log, especially one cut for fuel.

2.Metalworking. a comparatively narrow, generally square, bar of steel, especially one rolled or forged from an ingot; a narrow bloom. iron or steel slab upon concrete, serving as a footing to a column.

4.Architecture. any of a series of closely spaced cylindrical objects, often in several rows, used as ornaments in a hollow molding or cornice.

5.a strap that passes through a buckle, as to connect the ends of a girth.

6.a pocket or loop for securing the end of a strap that has been buckled.


8.Heraldry. a small, rectangular figure with the longer sides generally vertical, said to represent a block of wood.

1. accommodation, esp for a soldier, in civilian lodgings

2. the official requisition for such lodgings

3. a space or berth allocated, esp for slinging a hammock, in a ship

4. (informal) a job

5. (archaic) a brief letter or document verb -lets, -leting, -leted

6. (transitive) to assign a lodging to (a soldier)

7. (transitive) (informal) to assign to a post or job

8. to lodge or be lodged Derived Formsbilletee, nounbilleter, noun Word OriginC15, from Old French billette, from bulle a document; see bull³ billet2 /ˈbɪlɪt/ noun
1. a chunk of wood, esp for fuel

2. (metallurgy) a metal bar of square or circular cross section an ingot cast into the shape of a prism

3. (architect) a carved ornament in a moulding, with short cylinders or blocks evenly spaced Word OriginC15, from Old French billette a little log, from bille log, probably of Celtic originCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1590s, "to assign quarters to," earlier, as a noun, "official record or register" (Middle English), from Anglo-French billette "list, schedule," diminutive of bille (see bill (n.1)). Related, Billeted; billeting.
thick stick of wood, mid-15c., from Middle French billette, diminutive of bille "stick of wood" (see billiards)."document, note;" see billet-doux.


While Cynthia hemmed and hawed about the most diplomatic way to suggest that the Dawkinses might billet down to two rooms from the three they now occupied, the situation cured itself.

Billet (1a and 2), T.

The incoming air was preheated.

As soon as a hot billet A is withdrawn by pushing it endwise out of the exit door B, the whole row is pushed forward by a set of mechanical pushers C, the billets sliding on the raised water-cooled pipes D, and, in the hotter part of the furnace, on the magnesite bricks E, on which iron slides easily when red-hot.

As the foremost end of the billet emerges from the furnace it enters the first of a series of roll-trains, and passes immediately thence to others, so that before half of the billet has emerged from the furnace its front end has already been reduced by rolling to its final shape, that of merchant-bars, which are relatively thin, round or square rods, in lengths of 300 ft.

"Oh, every bullet has its billet," answered Vaska Denisov, turning in his saddle.

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