- the process of attenuating worsted fibers and making them parallel by using a gill box while combing.
Origin of gilling
- to gut or clean (fish).
- to catch (fish) by the gills in a gill net.
- green/white around the gills, somewhat pale, as from being sickly, nervous, or frightened: When he heard how much the bill was, he looked a little green around the gills.
- to the gills, Informal. fully; completely; totally: After that big meal we were all stuffed to the gills.
Origin of gill1
- a faller used in the combing process, generally for only the highest-quality fibers.
- to comb (fibers) with a gill.
Origin of gill5
Examples from the Web for gilling
After this Gilling must soon have ceased to be of any account.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Suttung, Gilling's brother, tracked them down and captured them.
Suttung was not harmless and simple like Gilling, his brother.
But Gilling was already there, kissing his wife and daughter.The Count's Chauffeur
William Le Queux
Mr. Gilling repeated curiously, in his nervous, serious way.Penrod and Sam
- (Arthur) Eric (Rowton). 1882–1940, British sculptor, engraver, and typographer: his sculptures include the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, London
- 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)
- a unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint
- Northern English dialect half a pint, esp of beer
- a narrow stream; rivulet
- a wooded ravine
- (capital when part of place name) a deep natural hole in rock; potholeGaping Gill
- archaic a girl or sweetheart
- dialect a female ferretAlso spelt: jill
- an archaic or dialect name for ground ivy
Word Origin and History for gilling
"organ of breathing in fishes," early 14c., of unknown origin, perhaps from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse giolnar which perhaps means "gills;" Old Danish -gæln (in fiske-gæln "fish gill"). Related: Gills.
liquid measure (commonly a half-pint), late 13c., from Old French gille, a wine measure, and directly from Medieval Latin gillo "earthenware jar," of uncertain origin.
fem. proper name, see Jill.
- 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.