- a European flatfish, Scophthalmus rhombus, closely related to the turbot.
Origin of brill
First recorded in 1475–85; of uncertain origin
- A(braham) A(rden),1874–1948, U.S. psychoanalyst and author, born in Austria.
- William StewartBrill, 1852–1922, U.S. surgeon and educator.
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Examples from the Web for brill
I wish I was a young Carole King, working in the Brill Building.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
Brill went on to publish his piece in Time, where it won a National Magazine Award.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
The typically somber atmosphere at the bi-annual church convocation was punctuated by hollers, applause and a shout of “brill!”Church of England Gets Female Bishops and a Conservative Backlash
July 14, 2014
And Brill is a woman who was awarded the presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation two years ago.New York Times Changes Sexist Obit
March 31, 2013
Unfortunately Brill's piece is also inspiring more comment that the only solution is to extend Medicare to all: single-payer.The Practical Case Against Medicare for All
February 26, 2013
Brill Young is going to take them to Oroville, and you can act as chairman of the guard.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
"Perhaps we can wire it good enough to get back to Brill with," returned Tom.
"This surely marks an epoch in the history of Brill," he went on.
Soon the boys had gathered,—as jolly a crowd as could be found at Brill.
In 1885 Brill estimated the total crop of Suffolk County at about 125,000 barrels.The Cauliflower
A. A. Crozier
- a European food fish, Scophthalmus rhombus, a flatfish similar to the turbot but lacking tubercles on the body: family Bothidae
C15: probably from Cornish brӯthel mackerel, from Old Cornish brӯth speckled; related to Welsh brith spotted
- British slang excellent or wonderful
C20 shortened form of brilliant
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Word Origin and History for brill
kind of flat fish, late 15c., of unknown origin.
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- American surgeon who developed the use of cocaine in anesthesiology and proposed the use of rubber gloves during surgery.
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- American surgeon who discovered the technique of local anesthesia by injecting cocaine into specific nerves in 1885. He administered what is believed to be the first blood transfusion in the United States in 1881. Halsted also developed new surgical techniques for treating cancers and other abnormalities and introduced the use of rubber gloves during surgery.
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