brill

[ bril ]
/ brɪl /
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noun, plural brills, (especially collectively) brill.

a European flatfish, Scophthalmus rhombus, closely related to the turbot.

Origin of brill

First recorded in 1475–85; of uncertain origin

Definition for brill (2 of 3)

Brill

[ bril ]
/ brɪl /

noun

A(braham) A(rden),1874–1948, U.S. psychoanalyst and author, born in Austria.

Definition for brill (3 of 3)

Halsted

[ hawl-stid, -sted ]
/ ˈhɔl stɪd, -stɛd /

noun

William StewartBrill, 1852–1922, U.S. surgeon and educator.
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British Dictionary definitions for brill (1 of 2)

brill

1
/ (brɪl) /

noun plural brill or brills

a European food fish, Scophthalmus rhombus, a flatfish similar to the turbot but lacking tubercles on the body: family Bothidae

Word Origin for brill

C15: probably from Cornish brӯthel mackerel, from Old Cornish brӯth speckled; related to Welsh brith spotted

British Dictionary definitions for brill (2 of 2)

brill

2
/ (brɪl) /

adjective

British slang excellent or wonderful

Word Origin for brill

C20 shortened form of brilliant
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Word Origin and History for brill

brill


n.

kind of flat fish, late 15c., of unknown origin.

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Medicine definitions for brill

Halsted

[ hôlstəd, -stĕd′ ]
William Stewart 1852-1922

American surgeon who developed the use of cocaine in anesthesiology and proposed the use of rubber gloves during surgery.
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Science definitions for brill

Halsted

[ hôlstĕd′ ]
William Stewart 1852-1922

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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