[ gil-ing ]
/ ˈgɪl ɪŋ /

noun Textiles.

the process of attenuating worsted fibers and making them parallel by using a gill box while combing.

Origin of gilling

Definition for gilling (2 of 3)

[ gil ]
/ gɪl /


the respiratory organ of aquatic animals, as fish, that breathe oxygen dissolved in water.
Also called lamella. one of the radiating vertical plates on the underside of the cap of an agaric mushroom.

verb (used with object)

to gut or clean (fish).

Origin of gill

1300–50; Middle English gile < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse gjǫlnar < *gelnō; cognate with Swed gäl, Danish gælle, Norwegian gjelle gill


gill-less, adjectivegill-like, adjective

Definition for gilling (3 of 3)

[ gil ]
/ gɪl /


a faller used in the combing process, generally for only the highest-quality fibers.

verb (used with object)

to comb (fibers) with a gill.

Origin of gill

First recorded in 1830–40; perhaps special use of gill1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gilling (1 of 5)

/ (ɡɪl) /


(Arthur) Eric (Rowton). 1882–1940, British sculptor, engraver, and typographer: his sculptures include the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, London

British Dictionary definitions for gilling (2 of 5)

/ (ɡɪl) /


the respiratory organ in many aquatic animals, consisting of a membrane or outgrowth well supplied with blood vessels. External gills occur in tadpoles, some molluscs, etc; internal gills, within gill slits, occur in most fishesRelated adjective: branchial
any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the undersurface of the cap of a mushroom


to catch (fish) or (of fish) to be caught in a gill net
(tr) to gut (fish)
See also gills

Derived forms of gill

gilled, adjectivegill-less, adjectivegill-like, adjective

Word Origin for gill

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish gäl, Danish gjælle, Greek khelunē lip

British Dictionary definitions for gilling (3 of 5)

/ (dʒɪl) /


a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint
Northern English dialect half a pint, esp of beer

Word Origin for gill

C14: from Old French gille vat, tub, from Late Latin gillō cooling vessel for liquids, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for gilling (4 of 5)



/ (ɡɪl) /

noun dialect

a narrow stream; rivulet
a wooded ravine
(capital when part of place name) a deep natural hole in rock; potholeGaping Gill

Word Origin for gill

C11: from Old Norse gil steep-sided valley

British Dictionary definitions for gilling (5 of 5)

/ (dʒɪl) /


archaic a girl or sweetheart
dialect a female ferretAlso spelt: jill
an archaic or dialect name for ground ivy

Word Origin for gill

C15: special use of Gill, short for Gillian, girl's name
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Science definitions for gilling

[ gĭl ]

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.
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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