Main definitions of billet in English

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billet1

noun

  • A place, usually a civilian's house or other nonmilitary facility, where soldiers are lodged temporarily.

    • ‘The others planted thousands of death charges around the soldier billets and many defence turrets.’
    • ‘It was felt, however, that keeping American soldiers out of German billets, which had not been done after World War One, would serve as a necessary corrective.’
    • ‘The billets for these Russian soldiers were at No.6 the Bund, previously the P&O Banking Corp (now the Yangtze River Navigation Co building).’
    • ‘There have been several improvements to the brigade's billets, dining facility, an improved Lightning University facility, and many enhancements to the brigade's Gym 3.’
    • ‘Highpoint North consists of three H-shaped airmen's billets, each housing 69 women in single and shared rooms and inmates have their own keys.’
    • ‘Even soldiers who sought to behave well in billets were not immune from gaffes.’
    • ‘These upgrading works included the installation of fire alarms, ceiling repairs, electrical rewiring, heating, fire doors, shower, ablutions in the billet block and some tarmacadam.’
    • ‘It was used as a billet for troops in the Second World War and was demolished in 1947.’
    • ‘Built to protect the Solent from French invaders as part of a system of forts, it had a billet for 150 soldiers, is built almost entirely of granite blocks and measures 162 ft across.’
    • ‘This allows more soldiers to serve in operational billets and makes the DA civilian contribution even more integral to mission accomplishment.’
    • ‘Republican troops were ordered to cease provocative operations and withdraw from billets into camps, while peace feelers were sent out to identifiable guerrilla leaders - Stofflet and Charette in the Vendée, Puisaye in Brittany.’
    • ‘After the Glorious Revolution, the law was modified: ordinary citizens were not required to find billets, but innkeepers were obliged to accept troops and a scale of charges laid down.’
    • ‘When the 167th prepared to vacate its billets in April 1919, the section inspector wrote that the regiment left the area ‘in very satisfactory condition.’’
    • ‘Fairfax House had survived a chequered 20th century history which had seen it used as a cinema, ballroom, soldiers' billet, coal rationing office and bicycle shed.’
    • ‘During the Second World War the building became a billet for soldiers.’
    • ‘We were issued with candles, which we used in the dug outs of the billets because our billets consisted of barns, cowsheds, pig sties and places like that.’
    • ‘For my own part, I welcome the change which puts women in seagoing postings: it's about time they shouldered their share of seagoing duties… instead of sitting around in comfortable shore billets at home.’
    • ‘‘People can use the kits on an airplane, in their billets - wherever they happen to be,’ Sargeant said.’
    • ‘The majority of facilities at K - 2 are tents, which are slowly being replaced by dorm-style billets.’
    living quarters, quarters, rooms
    accommodation, lodging, housing
    barracks, cantonment
    casern
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Lodge (soldiers) in a particular place, especially a civilian's house or other nonmilitary facility.

    ‘he didn't belong to the regiment billeted at the hotel’
    • ‘I mused that in its heyday it must have been even more extraordinary - there are more than a quarter-of-a-million square feet filled with vast reception rooms, temples, baths and a barracks large enough to billet an entire army.’
    • ‘His regiment, rested after the defeat at Corunna and restored by almost four years of home duty, was billeted in a town near Palencia; he, wounded in some minor skirmish, in the home of a local grandee.’
    • ‘We want to make sure we increase the safety in the Army, and we want to make sure that we looked at billeting for the soldiers.’
    • ‘But completion was stymied for 22 years by Charles Edward Stuart who billeted his army in the city on his way from Derby to Culloden.’
    • ‘Castle Grant in Aberdeenshire sold for just £700,000 earlier this year, still bearing the very visible scars of having had Indian soldiers billeted there during the 1940s.’
    • ‘I think one of the points in the Declaration of Independence of the United States was a complaint against King George that he had required people to billet soldiers in their properties.’
    • ‘The soldiers were then billeted in Minsk in the Ukraine.’
    • ‘How could he have known when he had left Kassel that there would be soldiers billeted in our house, or that we would have to flee?’
    • ‘During the Second World War troops of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment were billeted in the hall.’
    • ‘For much of European history barracks were the exception rather than the rule, and soldiers were billeted in civilian lodgings or public houses.’
    • ‘A brutal military terror in which thousands died was followed up by billeting the soldiers on the better-off citizens of the provincial capitals, while their sovereign courts were exiled to remote small towns.’
    • ‘There are sympathetic descriptions of some of the local people - Dutch and German - on whom the soldiers were billeted.’
    • ‘My fellow soldiers and I were billeted in an apartment house in Aubervilliers, which had until a day or so before been home to a company of German WACS.’
    • ‘So he needed to billet a large army on his people in preparation for the feared invasion and raise a Danegeld to pay for it.’
    • ‘Officers were billeted in the Polygon Hotel, and the men at Blighmont Barracks in Millbrook Road.’
    • ‘Rita stopped at the house where she was billeted.’
    • ‘There Alistair met his first Americans - seven young soldiers billeted in his house and made Alfred their mascot.’
    • ‘The troops in these colonies were, at first, veteran soldiers, and were billeted on householders who were chosen from men of good character aged from 18 to 45 years.’
    • ‘Built in 1852 to house an orange grove, with a glass façade facing south across the Seine, the Orangerie was used to billet soldiers on leave from the trenches during the First World War.’
    • ‘There are no signs that an army is billeted anywhere in Freelander.’
    accommodate, quarter, put up, lodge, house
    station, garrison
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Origin

Late Middle English (originally denoting a short written document): from Anglo-Norman French billette, diminutive of bille (see bill). The verb is recorded in the late 16th century, and the noun sense a written order requiring a householder to lodge the bearer, usually a soldier from the mid 17th century; hence the current meaning.

Pronunciation:

billet

/ˈbilit/

Main definitions of billet in English

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billet2

noun

  • 1A thick piece of wood.

    • ‘They scoop up the fallen cane stalks, cut them into sections called billets as they pass through the machine, and drop the billets into a wagon traveling alongside for eventual transport to the factory for processing.’
    • ‘Because they favor smaller barrels, their bats are made from a heavier billet - the cylindrical piece of wood from which a bat is shaped.’
    • ‘Here is a billet of wood, the circumference of which is about that of the throat.’
    • ‘Quickly she picked up all the wood and started to make up some more billets, hoping the the noise would indicate to him that she was busy.’
    • ‘Peasants in the central part of the country were the most active producers of tar and pitch from resinous pine billets, while the main production areas gradually moved from the west coast towards the east and northeast.’
    • ‘Tucker refused the original proposal to buy the European company's bats, instead working out a deal in which Louisville Slugger buys billets of wood and makes its own product.’
    • ‘Here at the factory that makes the famous Louisville Slugger bat, three techniques are used to turn Northern white ash billets into baseball bats.’
    1. 1.1 A small bar of metal for further processing.
      • ‘I well remember once at the factory when I picked up a billet of the lead alloy used for the cores and struck it with a hammer.’
      • ‘None of the patterning is really visible until the billet is cut and polished a bit, but the process means that no two parts will look the same.’
      • ‘Bill Enxing of Cardinal Metals stepped forward and created the forged steel billets.’
      • ‘These billet metering blocks also feature idle-mixture control screws on all four corners to provide maximum adjustability of the idle circuit.’
      • ‘They were loaded with hot billets from #16 open hearth caster, #3 Bloom & Billet Mill or #3 Conditioning.’
      • ‘The Colonian was huge and carried steel shells destined for the Somme battlefield in northern France, as well as copper ingots, brass fuses, ball-bearings and steel billets (massive hunks of metal).’
      • ‘Its five major products are fibre-optic faceplates, inverters, tapers, inverter billets and taper billets.’
      • ‘The consumable electrodes are generally forged billets, wrought revert material, or selected foundry returns, the extra processing of which tends to increase the cost of the raw material.’
      • ‘Hot-finished bar is commonly produced by hot rolling, forging, or pressing ingots to blooms or billets of intermediate size, which are subsequently hot rolled, forged, or extruded to final dimensions.’
      • ‘A record of the old hand processes of shaping a steel square section bar from the original billet taken from the furnace and thence to the yard where material was stored and transported by magnetic crane.’
      • ‘Unique to the U - 2 is that the main wing planks are milled from large single billets of metal, rather than built up of riveted sheet metal, I-beams and U-channels.’
      • ‘With a solid billet the billet is pierced by the mandrel as the ram is set in motion.’
      • ‘These steels are available in sheet, forging billets, bars, strip, and plate.’
      • ‘Cast billet can be hot forged, extruded, or machined, and castings can be produced by a variety of foundry techniques.’
      • ‘Extrusion: In this process a cylinder or billet of metal is forced through an orifice by means of a ram to such effect that the elongated and extruded metal has a transverse shape which is that of the die orifice.’
      • ‘When extrusions of the highest quality are required, as in strong alloy aircraft parts, extrusion billets may be scalped before shipment to remove surface liquation.’
      • ‘This is certainly a two man job, because one is controlling the tongs with the billets in, and places it on the anvil, whilst the other hits it smartly before the work has a chance to cool at all.’
      • ‘Tubular wire production method provides versatility of composition and is not limited to the analysis of available steel billets.’
      • ‘The forgings were produced from 6-in.-diameter billets broken down from an 18-in.-diameter ingot.’
      • ‘These advances are due chiefly to the sculpted air entries, the concentric and ridge-free venturi, and the emulsifying process that takes place in the billet metering blocks.’
    2. 1.2Architecture Each of a series of short cylindrical pieces inserted at intervals in decorative hollow moldings.
      • ‘Billet moulding, a series of little rolls like a dotted line, and chevron, or zigzag moulding were widely used.’
      • ‘The facing of it, or architrave, was often ornamented with the zig-zag, billet, and other mouldings.’
      • ‘The nine windows extending out from the roof directly below the ridge recalled the roof billets perched on the roof of the main sanctuary and certain subsidiary buildings at Ise Shrine.’
      • ‘But he introduced a second order and billet mould into his arches, not found at St. John's, both marked characteristics of the first quarter of the twelfth century in England.’
      • ‘One of the unusual features of St. Bart's is that the billet moulding around the arches is continuous around the entire apse, rather than terminated at the capitals of the arches.’
      • ‘A billet-moulding surrounds each arch, which has a plain rib in the soffit.’
    3. 1.3Heraldry A rectangle placed vertically as a charge.
      • ‘The billet is a rectangular block, much the shape of a house brick.’
      • ‘Period armory seems to have considered the billet equivalent to the delf and no difference is granted between them in Society heraldry.’
      • ‘The billet or rectangle represents the grant of land on which the parish was built in 1845’
      • ‘The Billet is a small elongated rectangular figure supposed to represent a billet or letter, and to some, a brick.’
      • ‘The smaller shapes like the roundel and billet are called sub-ordinaries.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French billette and billot, diminutives of bille tree trunk from medieval Latin billa, billus branch, trunk probably of Celtic origin.

Pronunciation:

billet

/ˈbilit/