(n.) A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat.
(n.) Custody; keeping.
(n.) The person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in court.
(n.) The security given for the appearance of a prisoner in order to obtain his release from custody of the officer; as, the man is out on bail; to go bail for any one.
(n.) The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable.
(n.) A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc.
(n.) A line of palisades serving as an exterior defense.
(n.) The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court.
(n.) A certain limit within a forest.
(n.) A division for the stalls of an open stable.
(n.) The top or cross piece ( or either of the two cross pieces) of the wicket.
(v. t.) To lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat.
(v. t.) To dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express completeness; as, to bail a boat.
(v./t.) To deliver; to release.
(v./t.) To set free, or deliver from arrest, or out of custody, on the undertaking of some other person or persons that he or they will be responsible for the appearance, at a certain day and place, of the person bailed.
(v./t.) To deliver, as goods in trust, for some special object or purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied, that the trust shall be faithfully executed on the part of the bailee, or person intrusted; as, to bail cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail goods to a carrier.
(n.) Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
(n.) A spherical body of any substance or size used to play with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
(n.) A general name for games in which a ball is thrown, kicked, or knocked. See Baseball, and Football.
(n.) Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as, powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms are commonly called bullets.
(n.) A flaming, roundish body shot into the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench; as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
(n.) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
(n.) A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body; as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
(n.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly given to horses; a bolus.
(n.) The globe or earth.
(n.) A social assembly for the purpose of dancing.
(v. i.) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls; as, the horse balls; the snow balls.
(v. t.) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.
(v. t.) To form or wind into a ball; as, to ball cotton.
(n.) A beak, as of a bird, or sometimes of a turtle or other animal.
(n.) The bell, or boom, of the bittern
(n.) A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted with a handle; -- used in pruning, etc.; a billhook. When short, called a hand bill, when long, a hedge bill.
(n.) A weapon of infantry, in the 14th and 15th centuries. A common form of bill consisted of a broad, heavy, double-edged, hook-shaped blade, having a short pike at the back and another at the top, and attached to the end of a long staff.
(n.) One who wields a bill; a billman.
(n.) A pickax, or mattock.
(n.) The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke.
(n.) A declaration made in writing, stating some wrong the complainant has suffered from the defendant, or a fault committed by some person against a law.
(n.) A writing binding the signer or signers to pay a certain sum at a future day or on demand, with or without interest, as may be stated in the document.
(n.) A form or draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.
(n.) A paper, written or printed, and posted up or given away, to advertise something, as a lecture, a play, or the sale of goods; a placard; a poster; a handbill.
(n.) An account of goods sold, services rendered, or work done, with the price or charge; a statement of a creditor's claim, in gross or by items; as, a grocer's bill.
(n.) Any paper, containing a statement of particulars; as, a bill of charges or expenditures; a weekly bill of mortality; a bill of fare, etc.
(v. i.) To strike; to peck.
(v. i.) To join bills, as doves; to caress in fondness.
(v. t.) To work upon ( as to dig, hoe, hack, or chop anything) with a bill.
(v. t.) To advertise by a bill or public notice.
(v. t.) To charge or enter in a bill; as, to bill goods.