Gill meaning

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The definition of a gill is an organ for breathing on an underwater creature, or the red flesh hanging below the beak of a bird.

An example of a gill is the organ that a goldfish uses to breathe water in order to get oxygen.

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A ravine.
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Any of the thin, leaflike, radiating plates on the undersurface of a mushroom, on which the basidiospores are produced.
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A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to14 of a pint or four ounces (118 milliliters).
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A unit of volume or capacity, used in dry and liquid measure, equal to14 of a British Imperial pint (142 milliliters).
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A narrow stream.
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The organ for breathing of most animals that live in water, as fish, lobsters, or clams, consisting of a simple saclike or complex feathery evagination of the body surface, usually richly supplied with blood.
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A narrow stream; brook.
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One of the thin strips of tissue on the underside of the cap of many species of basidiomycete fungi. Gills produce the spore-bearing structures known as basidia.
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(animal anatomy) A breathing organ of fish and other aquatic animals.
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(mycology) One of the radial folds on the underside of the cap of a mushroom, on the surface of which the spore-producing organs are borne.
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(UK) Ravine.
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(rare) A spelling variant of female given name Jill.
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(zoology) The respiratory organ of most aquatic animals that obtain oxygen from water, consisting of a filamentous structure of vascular membranes across which dissolved gases are exchanged.
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(botany) One of the thin, platelike structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus.
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To catch (fish) in a gill net.
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To gut or clean (fish).
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To become entangled in a gill net. Used of fish.
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A girl, often one's sweetheart.
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A unit of liquid measure, equal to14 pint or 4 fluid ounces (0.11829375 liquid liter or 118.29375 milliliters)
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(archaic) A girl or woman; esp., a sweetheart.
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A wooded ravine or glen.
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(zoology) The respiratory organ of most aquatic animals that obtain oxygen from water, consisting of a filamentous structure of vascular membranes across which dissolved gases are exchanged.
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The organ that enables most aquatic animals to take dissolved oxygen from the water. It consists of a series of membranes that have many small blood vessels. Oxygen passes into the bloodstream and carbon dioxide passes out of it as water flows across the membranes.
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(of a fish) A gill slit or gill cover.

Gill nets are designed to catch a fish by the gills.

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(animal anatomy) The fleshy flap that hangs below the beak of a fowl; a wattle.
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(figuratively) The flesh under or about the chin; a wattle.

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(spinning) One of the combs of closely ranged steel pins which divide the ribbons of flax fiber or wool into fewer parallel filaments.
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A drink measure for spirits and wine. Size varies regionally but it is about one quarter of a pint.
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(archaic, UK) A measuring jug holding a quarter or half a pint.
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A two-wheeled frame for transporting timber.
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(Scotland) A leech.

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A surname​.
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A male given name, in modern use often transferred back from the surname.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Gillingham Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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(informal) to the gills
  • As full as possible; completely.
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to the gills
  • to the point of being completely or completely full; thoroughly
    Soaked to the gills, packed to the gills.
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Origin of gill

  • Middle English gille from Old French wine measure from Late Latin gillō vessel for cooling liquids

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English gille from Gille a woman's name

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English gille from Old Norse gil

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English gile of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a Middle English diminutive form of Julian, Giles, and William. Also a Northern English topographic surname from Middle English gill (“ravine”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French gille (“a wine measure”), from Medieval Latin gillo (“earthenware jar”)

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  • From Middle English gile (“gill”), from Old Norse giolnar (“lips”)

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  • From Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil

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  • Etymology uncertain.

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