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Act vs. Bill

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Actnoun

(countable) Something done, a deed.

‘an act of goodwill’;

Billnoun

Any of various bladed or pointed hand weapons, originally designating an Anglo-Saxon sword, and later a weapon of infantry, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries, commonly consisting of a broad, heavy, double-edged, hook-shaped blade, with a short pike at the back and another at the top, attached to the end of a long staff.

Actnoun

Actuality.

Billnoun

A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted with a handle, used in pruning, etc.; a billhook.

Actnoun

(countable) A product of a legislative body, a statute.

Billnoun

Somebody armed with a bill; a billman.

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Actnoun

The process of doing something.

‘He was caught in the act of stealing.’;

Billnoun

A pickaxe, or mattock.

Actnoun

(countable) A formal or official record of something done.

Billnoun

(nautical) The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke (also called the peak).

Actnoun

(countable) A division of a theatrical performance.

‘The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.’;

Billnoun

The beak of a bird, especially when small or flattish; sometimes also used with reference to a platypus, turtle, or other animal.

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Actnoun

(countable) A performer or performers in a show.

‘Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?’;

Billnoun

A beak-like projection, especially a promontory.

Actnoun

(countable) Any organized activity.

Billnoun

Of a cap or hat: the brim or peak, serving as a shade to keep sun off the face and out of the eyes.

Actnoun

(countable) A display of behaviour.

Billnoun

A written list or inventory. (Now obsolete except in specific senses or set phrases; bill of lading, bill of goods, etc.)

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Actnoun

A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.

Billnoun

A document, originally sealed; a formal statement or official memorandum. (Now obsolete except with certain qualifying words; bill of health, bill of sale etc.)

Actnoun

(countable) A display of behaviour meant to deceive.

‘to put on an act’;

Billnoun

A draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.

Actverb

(intransitive) To do something.

‘If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.’;

Billnoun

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.

Actverb

To do (something); to perform.

Billnoun

(US) A piece of paper money; a banknote.

Actverb

(intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.

‘I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.’;

Billnoun

A written note of goods sold, services rendered, or work done, with the price or charge; an invoice.

Actverb

(ergative) Of a play: to be acted out (well or badly).

Billnoun

A paper, written or printed, and posted up or given away, to advertise something, as a lecture, a play, or the sale of goods

Actverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way.

‘He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.’;

Billnoun

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. A bill of exchange. In the United States, it is usually called a note, a note of hand, or a promissory note.

Actverb

(copulative) To convey an appearance of being.

‘He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.’;

Billnoun

A set of items presented together.

Actverb

To do something that causes a change binding on the doer.

‘act on behalf of John’;

Billverb

(transitive) To dig, chop, etc., with a bill.

Actverb

To have an effect (on).

‘High-pressure oxygen acts on the central nervous system and may cause convulsions or death.’; ‘Gravitational force acts on heavy bodies.’;

Billverb

(obsolete) To peck.

Actverb

(transitive) To play (a role).

‘He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.’;

Billverb

To stroke bill against bill, with reference to doves; to caress in fondness.

Actverb

(transitive) To feign.

‘He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.’;

Billverb

(transitive) To advertise by a bill or public notice.

Actverb

To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).

‘This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!’;

Billverb

(transitive) To charge; to send a bill to.

Actverb

To move to action; to actuate; to animate.

Billnoun

A beak, as of a bird, or sometimes of a turtle or other animal.

Actnoun

That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.

‘That best portion of a good man's life,His little, nameless, unremembered actsOf kindness and of love.’;

Billnoun

The bell, or boom, of the bittern

‘The bittern's hollow bill was heard.’;

Actnoun

A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.

‘The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be.’;

Billnoun

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.

Actnoun

Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing).

‘This woman was taken . . . in the very act.’;

Billnoun

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.

‘France had no infantry that dared to face the English bows end bills.’;

Actverb

To move to action; to actuate; to animate.

‘Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul.’;

Billnoun

One who wields a bill; a billman.

Actverb

To perform; to execute; to do.

‘That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity.’; ‘Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.’; ‘Uplifted hands that at convenient timesCould act extortion and the worst of crimes.’;

Billnoun

A pickax, or mattock.

Actverb

To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.

Billnoun

The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke.

Actverb

To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.

Billnoun

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.

Actverb

To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.

‘With acted fear the villain thus pursued.’;

Billnoun

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.

Actverb

To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.

Billnoun

A form or draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.

Actverb

To perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will.

‘He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest.’;

Billnoun

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.

‘She put up the bill in her parlor window.’;

Actverb

To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so.

Billnoun

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.

Actverb

To perform on the stage; to represent a character.

‘To show the world how Garrick did not act.’;

Billnoun

Any paper, containing a statement of particulars; as, a bill of charges or expenditures; a weekly bill of mortality; a bill of fare, etc.

Actnoun

a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

Billverb

To strike; to peck.

Actnoun

something that people do or cause to happen

Billverb

To join bills, as doves; to caress in fondness.

Actnoun

a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

Billverb

To work upon ( as to dig, hoe, hack, or chop anything) with a bill.

Actnoun

a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;

‘he did his act three times every evening’; ‘she had a catchy little routine’; ‘it was one of the best numbers he ever did’;

Billverb

To advertise by a bill or public notice.

Actnoun

a manifestation of insincerity;

‘he put on quite an act for her benefit’;

Billverb

To charge or enter in a bill; as, to bill goods.

Actverb

perform an action, or work out or perform (an action);

‘think before you act’; ‘We must move quickly’; ‘The governor should act on the new energy bill’; ‘The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel’;

Billnoun

a statute in draft before it becomes law;

‘they held a public hearing on the bill’;

Actverb

behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself;

‘You should act like an adult’; ‘Don't behave like a fool’; ‘What makes her do this way?’; ‘The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people’;

Billnoun

an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered;

‘he paid his bill and left’; ‘send me an account of what I owe’;

Actverb

play a role or part;

‘Gielgud played Hamlet’; ‘She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role’; ‘She played the servant to her husband's master’;

Billnoun

a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank);

‘he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes’;

Actverb

discharge one's duties;

‘She acts as the chair’; ‘In what capacity are you acting?’;

Billnoun

the entertainment offered at a public presentation

Actverb

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;

‘He acted the idiot’; ‘She plays deaf when the news are bad’;

Billnoun

a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)

Actverb

be suitable for theatrical performance;

‘This scene acts well’;

Billnoun

an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution;

‘he mailed the circular to all subscribers’;

Actverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

‘The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought’; ‘How does your idea work in practice?’; ‘This method doesn't work’; ‘The breaks of my new car act quickly’; ‘The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water’;

Billnoun

horny projecting mouth of a bird

Actverb

be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

Billnoun

a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement;

‘a poster advertised the coming attractions’;

Actverb

behave unnaturally or affectedly;

‘She's just acting’;

Billnoun

a long-handled saw with a curved blade;

‘he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree’;

Actverb

perform on a stage or theater;

‘She acts in this play’; ‘He acted in `Julius Caesar'’; ‘I played in `A Christmas Carol'’;

Billnoun

a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes;

‘he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead’;

Billverb

demand payment;

‘Will I get charged for this service?’; ‘We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights’;

Billverb

advertise especially by posters or placards;

‘He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso’;

Billverb

publicize or announce by placards

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