again (used as an enthusiastic call for the repetition of a musical performance).
Origin of bis1
OL duis twice
a sheer, often embroidered linen, used in the manufacture of altar cloths.
Origin of bis2
1350–1400; Middle English
< Latin byssus byssus
adjective, noun, plural bis, bi's.
Origin of bi
Bank for International Settlements.
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Historical Examples of bis
The emblem, with the motto "Bis fracta relinquor," at p. 249.
At once to a murmur of bravos, the applause of gloved hands and a cry of Bis!
The word BIS denotes, in all probability, the frequency with which it was to be used daily.
Several of them had their coats off, their ties, and even their waistcoats; and they shouted 'bis!'
Bis (twice), and coctus (cooked), show that they were twice baked.
British Dictionary definitions for bis
twice; for a second time (used in musical scores to indicate a part to be repeated)
Word Origin for bis
C19: via Italian from Latin, from Old Latin duis
Bank for International Settlements: an institution, based in Basel, Switzerland, that accepts deposits, makes loans for national central banks, and assists in offsetting speculative movements of funds between the major currencies; set up in 1930
Bosnia-Herzegovina (international car registration)
the internet domain name for
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Word Origin and History for bis
1956 as a colloquial abbreviation of bisexual.
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The symbol for the elementbismuth
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