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bill 1

1. An itemized list or statement of fees or charges.
2. A statement or list of particulars, such as a theater program or menu.
3. The entertainment offered by a theater.
4. A public notice, such as an advertising poster.
a. A piece of legal paper money: a ten-dollar bill.
b. Slang One hundred dollars.
a. A bill of exchange.
b. Obsolete A promissory note.
a. A draft of a proposed law presented for approval to a legislative body.
b. The law enacted from such a draft: a bottle bill in effect in three states; the GI Bill.
8. Law
a. A document containing the formal statement of a case in equity; a complaint seeking equitable relief.
b. An indictment or charge in an indictment against an accused person.
tr.v. billed, bill·ing, bills
1. To present a statement of costs or charges to.
2. To enter on a statement of costs or on a particularized list.
a. To advertise or schedule by public notice or as part of a program.
b. To declare or describe officially; proclaim: a policy that was billed as an important departure for the administration.

[Middle English bille, from Norman French, from Medieval Latin billa, alteration of bulla, seal on a document, from Latin, bubble.]

bill′a·ble adj.

bill 2

1. A structure projecting from the head of a bird, consisting of the jaws and their horny covering and including the upper and lower mandibles; a beak.
2. A similar horny mouth part, such as that of a turtle.
3. The visor of a cap.
4. Nautical The tip of the fluke of an anchor.
intr.v. billed, bill·ing, bills
To touch beaks together.
bill and coo
To kiss or caress and murmur endearments.

[Middle English, from Old English bile.]

bill 3

1. A billhook.
2. A halberd or similar weapon with a hooked blade and a long handle.

[Middle English bil, from Old English bill.]
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(Accounting & Book-keeping) referring to time worked, esp by a lawyer, on behalf of a particular client and for which that client will be expected to pay: a timesheet of my billable hours.
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(ˈtʃɑr dʒə bəl)

1. capable of being charged, as to an account.
2. liable to be legally charged; indictable.
3. liable to become a charge on the public.
charge′a•ble•ness, charge`a•bil′i•ty, n.
charge′a•bly, adv.
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Half of all respondents said the paralegals/legal assistants in their firms averaged less than 750 billable hours in 2001 and 29 percent said the paralegals/legal assistants averaged more than 1,250 billable hours last year.
The second commission will look at how the emphasis on the billable hour has affected the legal profession and possible alternatives.
Even if all the legal excess over 5 percent is placed on Class IV, that rate would still fall from $10.164 to $10.129, down .34 percent, resulting in a 265,000 square-foot office building with an assessed billable value of $10,971,607 and a market value of $24,381,349 paying $3,840 less than last year, for a final bill of $1,111,314.
The pricing of a capitated contract depends, however, on information about billable tests (1994 CPT codes) that historically has been neglected by clinical laboratories.
Clients aren't the only ones interested in moving away from the billable hour.
But if you're focused on billable hours, it's the opposite.
Billable hours also can be a source of time pressure, although perhaps less obvious than deadlines and time budgets.
At a billable rate of $100/hour, that's over $70,000 in unrecognized revenue per employee.
The tragedy of Christina's situation is that she is losing many billable hours each week.
"I'm a strong advocate for paying professional staff a percentage of their billable time," said Sheryl Garrett, founder of the Garrett Planning Network.
But what are the odds to know how much you or your employees or co-workers spent in there and deduct them from their billable hours.