Definition of Billet

1. Noun. A short personal letter. "Drop me a line when you get there"

Exact synonyms: Line, Note, Short Letter
Generic synonyms: Personal Letter
Specialized synonyms: Excuse

2. Verb. Provide housing for (military personnel).
Exact synonyms: Canton, Quarter
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Accommodate, Lodge
Derivative terms: Cantonment, Quartering, Quarters

3. Noun. Lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home).

4. Noun. A job in an organization. "He occupied a post in the treasury"
Exact synonyms: Berth, Office, Place, Position, Post, Situation, Spot
Generic synonyms: Business, Job, Line, Line Of Work, Occupation
Specialized synonyms: Academicianship, Accountantship, Admiralty, Ambassadorship, Apostleship, Apprenticeship, Associateship, Attorneyship, Bailiffship, Baronetage, Bishopry, Episcopate, Cadetship, Caliphate, Captaincy, Captainship, Cardinalship, Chairmanship, Chancellorship, Chaplaincy, Chaplainship, Chieftaincy, Chieftainship, Clerkship, Commandership, Commandery, Comptrollership, Consulship, Controllership, Councillorship, Councilorship, Counsellorship, Counselorship, Curacy, Curatorship, Custodianship, Deanery, Deanship, Directorship, Discipleship, Editorship, Eldership, Emirate, Fatherhood, Fatherhood, Foremanship, Generalcy, Generalship, Governorship, Headship, Headship, Hot Seat, Incumbency, Inspectorship, Instructorship, Internship, Judgeship, Judicature, Khanate, Lectureship, Legateship, Legation, Legislatorship, Librarianship, Lieutenancy, Magistracy, Magistrature, Managership, Manhood, Marshalship, Mastership, Mayoralty, Messiahship, Moderatorship, Overlordship, Pastorate, Pastorship, Peasanthood, Plum, Praetorship, Precentorship, Preceptorship, Prefecture, Prelacy, Prelature, Premiership, Presidency, Presidentship, Primateship, Principalship, Priorship, Proconsulate, Proconsulship, Proctorship, Chair, Professorship, Protectorship, Public Office, Rabbinate, Receivership, Rectorate, Rectorship, Regency, Residency, Rulership, Sainthood, Secretaryship, Feudal Lordship, Seigneury, Seigniory, Senatorship, Sinecure, Solicitorship, Speakership, Stewardship, Studentship, Teachership, Thaneship, Throne, Treasurership, Tribuneship, Trusteeship, Vice-presidency, Viceroyship, Viziership, Wardenship, Wardership, Womanhood
Derivative terms: Officiate, Place, Place, Place, Post

Definition of Billet

1. n. A small paper; a note; a short letter.

2. v. t. To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.

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

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

Definition of Billet

1. Noun. A short informal letter. ¹

2. Noun. A written order to quarter soldiers. ¹

3. Noun. a place where a soldier is assigned to lodge ¹

4. Verb. (context: of a householder etc) to lodge soldiers, usually by order ¹

5. Verb. (context: of a soldier) to lodge, or be quartered, in a private house ¹

6. Noun. metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal ¹

7. Noun. a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood ¹

8. Noun. (heraldiccharge) A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon ¹

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Definition of Billet

1. to lodge soldiers [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Billet

1. 1. A small stick of wood, as for firewood. "They shall beat out my brains with billets." (Shak) 2. A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron. Origin: F. Billette, bille, log; of unknown origin; a different word from bille ball. Cf. Billiards, Billot. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Billet

billet (current term)
billet barge
billet doux
billet reading

Literary usage of Billet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"When the blow is struck with a wooden billet, the lateral margins of the artifact penetrate the wood, and a flake is detached without the shattering effect. ..."

2. The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel by James McIntyre Camp, Charles Blaine Francis (1920)
"SECTION I. THE THREE-HIGH billet MILL. General Features of Rolling billets: A large percentage (over 50%) of the steel produced is rolled into material of ..."

3. Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Works: A Handbook Containing Two by Clara Erskine Clement Waters, Laurence Hutton (1879)
"billet, Pierre. (Fr.) Born at Cantin. Two medals, 1873 and '74. ... billet had the good sense to see that he was in danger of becoming a mere imitator of ..."

4. English Heraldry by Charles Boutell (1867)
"And it must here be observed that the Lozenge, Fusil, billet, Gyron, and Frette were not used as single charges by the early Heralds ; but by them the ..."

5. The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research by American Society for Psychical Research (1907)
"SPIRIT SLATE-WRITING AND billet TESTS.* By David P. Abbott. FIRST ARTICLE. I. Having been requested by Prof. Hyslop to write a paper on the above subject, ..."

6. Lower Canada Reports =: Décisions Des Tribunaux Du Bas-Canada by Simon Lelièvre (1860)
"4 Held :—That a promissory note Jugé:—Qu'un billet sous croix signed by a cross in presence of one fait en présence d'un témoin est witness is good. valable ..."

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