bill of health

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: The investigating committee gave him a clean bill of health.
[1635-45]

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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 — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of health — n. a certificate stating whether there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in the port which the ship is leaving: it is given to the captain for him to show at the next port clean bill of health 1. a bill of health certifying the absence of… …   English World dictionary

  • bill of health — bill′ of health′ n. navig. a certificate attesting to the health of a ship s crew and the health conditions at the previous port • clean bill of health Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • bill of health — bil əv n a duly authenticated certificate of the state of health of a ship s company and of a port with regard to infectious diseases that is given to the ship s master at the time of leaving the port …   Medical dictionary

  • bill of health — n. approval 1) to give smb. a clean bill of health 2) to get, receive a clean bill of health * * * [ˌbɪləv helθ] receive a clean bill of health [ approval ] to give smb. a clean bill of health to get …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bill of health —    If a person has a clean bill of health, they have a report or certificate declaring that their health is satisfactory.     All candidates for the position must produce a clean bill of health …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bill of health — noun 1. a certificate as to the health of a ship s company at the time of its clearing any port. –phrase 2. clean bill of health, an assurance of the good health of a person, animal, etc., or good condition of a piece of machinery, equipment, etc …   Australian-English dictionary

  • 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 — certificate confirming compliance with proper health standards (esp. as given to a ship captain to present to the port authorities at the next port); (figurative) official authorization that one is innocent and has fulfilled a certain duty… …   English contemporary dictionary

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