Pronunciation: (bil'it), [key]
n., v., -let•ed, -let•ing.

1. lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
2. 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.

1. direct (a soldier) by ticket, note, or verbal order, where to lodge.
2. to provide lodging for; quarter: We arranged with the townspeople to billet the students.

to obtain lodging; stay: They billeted in youth hostels.


Pronunciation: (bil'it), [key]
1. a small chunk of wood; a short section of a log, esp. one cut for fuel.
2. Metalworking.a comparatively narrow, generally square, bar of steel, esp. one rolled or forged from an ingot; a narrow bloom.
3. an iron or steel slab upon concrete, serving as a footing to a column.
4. Archit.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.
7. thumbpiece.
8. Heraldry.a small, rectangular figure with the longer sides generally vertical, said to represent a block of wood.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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