A true bill
True True (tr[udd]), a. [Compar. {Truer} (tr[udd]"[~e]r); superl. {Truest}.] [OE. trewe, AS. tre['o]we faithful, true, from tre['o]w fidelity, faith, troth; akin to OFries. triuwe, adj., treuwa, n., OS. triuwi, adj., trewa, n., D. trouw, adj. & n., G. treu, adj., treue, n., OHG. gitriuwi, adj., triuwa, n., Icel. tryggr, adj., Dan. tro, adj. & n., Sw. trogen, adj., tro, n., Goth. triggws, adj., triggwa, n., trauan to trust, OPruss druwis faith. Cf. {Trow}, {Trust}, {Truth}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Conformable to fact; in accordance with the actual state of things; correct; not false, erroneous, inaccurate, or the like; as, a true relation or narration; a true history; a declaration is true when it states the facts. [1913 Webster]

2. Right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern; exact; accurate; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the original. [1913 Webster]

Making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. Steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince, or the like; unwavering; faithful; loyal; not false, fickle, or perfidious; as, a true friend; a wife true to her husband; an officer true to his charge. [1913 Webster]

Thy so true, So faithful, love unequaled. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

4. Actual; not counterfeit, adulterated, or pretended; genuine; pure; real; as, true balsam; true love of country; a true Christian. [1913 Webster]

The true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. --John i. 9. [1913 Webster]

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. (Biol.) Genuine; real; not deviating from the essential characters of a class; as, a lizard is a true reptile; a whale is a true, but not a typical, mammal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Note: True is sometimes used elliptically for It is true. [1913 Webster]

{Out of true}, varying from correct mechanical form, alignment, adjustment, etc.; -- said of a wall that is not perpendicular, of a wheel whose circumference is not in the same plane, and the like. [Colloq.]

{A true bill} (Law), a bill of indictment which is returned by the grand jury so indorsed, signifying that the charges to be true.

{True time}. See under {Time}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • A true bill — 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

  • bring in a true bill — index accuse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • true bill — see bill 3b Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. true bill …   Law dictionary

  • true bill — true′ bill′ n. law a bill of indictment in which a grand jury indicates that a hearing of the case is justified • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • true bill — n. a bill of indictment endorsed by a grand jury as supported by evidence sufficient to warrant a trial …   English World dictionary

  • true bill — noun an indictment endorsed by a grand jury • Hypernyms: ↑indictment, ↑bill of indictment * * * noun : a bill of indictment returned by the grand jury endorsed as warranting prosecution of the accused under the indictment * * * a bill of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • true bill — a bill of indictment endorsed by a grand jury as being sufficiently supported by evidence to justify a hearing of the case. Cf. no bill. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • true bill — noun Date: 1766 a bill of indictment endorsed by a grand jury as warranting prosecution of the accused …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • true bill — noun US Law a bill of indictment found by a grand jury to be supported by sufficient evidence to justify prosecution …   English new terms dictionary

  • bill — n 1: a draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment; also: the law itself the GI bill ap·pro·pri·a·tions bill /ə ˌprō prē ā shənz /: a bill providing money for government expenses and programs ◇ Appropriations bills originate in the… …   Law dictionary

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