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Meaning of billet

bil•let

Pronunciation: (bil'it), [key]
— n., v., -let•ed, -let•ing.
—n.
  1. lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building.
  2. 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. a written note, short letter, or the like.
—v.t.
  1. to 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.
—v.i.
  1. to obtain lodging; stay: They billeted in youth hostels.

bil•let

Pronunciation: (bil'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a small chunk of wood; a short section of a log, esp. one cut for fuel.
  2. 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. 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. 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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