Bill of health
Health Health (h[e^]lth), n. [OE. helthe, AS. h[=ae]l[thorn], fr. h[=a]l hale, sound, whole. See {Whole}.] 1. The state of being hale, sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain. [1913 Webster]

There is no health in us. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

Though health may be enjoyed without gratitude, it can not be sported with without loss, or regained by courage. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

2. A wish of health and happiness, as in pledging a person in a toast. ``Come, love and health to all.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Bill of health}. See under {Bill}.

{Health lift}, a machine for exercise, so arranged that a person lifts an increasing weight, or moves a spring of increasing tension, in such a manner that most of the muscles of the body are brought into gradual action; -- also called {lifting machine}.

{Health officer}, one charged with the enforcement of the sanitary laws of a port or other place.

{To drink a health}. See under {Drink}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bill of health — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of health — 1. a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship s crew and at the port from which it has come. 2. clean bill of health, an attestation of fitness or qualification; a commendation:… …   Universalium

  • bill of health — Date: 1644 1. a certificate given to the ship s master at the time of leaving port that indicates the state of health of a ship s company and of a port with regard to infectious diseases 2. a usually favorable report following an examination or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bill of health — noun A certificate stating whether or not there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in a port of departure, given to the ships master to present at the next port of arrival …   Wiktionary

  • clean bill of health — {n. phr.} 1. A certificate that a person or animal has no infectious disease. * /The government doctor gave Jones a clean bill of health when he entered the country./ 2. {informal} A report that a person is free of guilt or fault. * /The stranger …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clean bill of health — {n. phr.} 1. A certificate that a person or animal has no infectious disease. * /The government doctor gave Jones a clean bill of health when he entered the country./ 2. {informal} A report that a person is free of guilt or fault. * /The stranger …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Foul bill of health — Foul Foul (foul), a. [Compar. Fouler ( [ e]r); superl. {Foulest}.] [OE. foul, ful, AS. f[=u]l; akin to D. vuil, G. faul rotten, OHG. f[=u]l, Icel. f[=u]l foul, fetid; Dan. fuul, Sw. ful foul, Goth. f[=u]ls fetid, Lith. puti to be putrid, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A clean bill of health — Clean Clean (kl[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Cleaner} (kl[=e]n [ e]r); superl. {Cleanest}.] [OE. clene, AS. cl[=ae]ne; akin to OHG. chleini pure, neat, graceful, small, G. klein small, and perh. to W. glan clean, pure, bright; all perh. from a primitive,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clean bill of health — noun A bill of health that states that there is no infectious disease present in a ship, or its port of departure …   Wiktionary

  • foul bill of health — noun A bill of health that states that there is infectious disease present in either a ship, or its port of departure …   Wiktionary

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