Unwelded metal. Used as an adjective to describe a finished piece of machinery or other hardware. Often used in the phrase "one-off billet" to describe a custom-made machine part made by casting, forging, rolling, or extrusion. The lack of welds implies greater strength, as well as a cleaner, seamless appearance.

Bil"let (&?;), n. [F. billet, dim. of an OF. bille bill. See Bill a writing.]


A small paper; a note; a short letter. "I got your melancholy billet." Sterne.


A ticket from a public officer directing soldiers at what house to lodge; as, a billet of residence.


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Bil"let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Billeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Billeting.] [From Billet a ticket.] (Mil.)

To direct, by a ticket or note, where to lodge. Hence: To quarter, or place in lodgings, as soldiers in private houses.

Billeted in so antiquated a mansion.
W. Irving.


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Bil"let, n. [F. billette, bille, log; of unknown origin; a different word from bille ball. Cf. Billiards, Billot.]


A small stick of wood, as for firewood.

They shall beat out my brains with billets.

2. (Metal.)

A short bar of metal, as of gold or iron.

3. (Arch.)

An ornament in Norman work, resembling a billet of wood either square or round.

4. (Saddlery)


A strap which enters a buckle.


A loop which receives the end of a buckled strap. Knight.

5. (Her.)

A bearing in the form of an oblong rectangle.


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Bil"let, n.

Quarters or place to which one is assigned, as by a billet or ticket; berth; position. Also used fig. [Colloq.]

The men who cling to easy billets ashore.
Harper's Mag.

His shafts of satire fly straight to their billet, and there they rankle.
Pall Mall Mag.


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