billboard

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Etymology[edit]

A billboard in Novosibirsk, Siberia

From bill +‎ board.

Noun[edit]

billboard (plural billboards)

  1. A very large outdoor sign, generally used for advertising.
    • 1932, William Faulkner, chapter 5, in Light in August, [New York, N.Y.]: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, OCLC 644581344; republished London: Chatto & Windus, 1933, OCLC 154633965, page 98:
      He could see it like a printed sentence, fullborn and already dead God loves me too like the faded and weathered letters on last year's billboard God loves me too
    • 1971, Don DeLillo, Americana, Penguin, 2006, Part 1, Chapter 5, p. 111,[2]
      All America was on the verge of spring and the countryside was coming to glory, what we could see of the countryside through the smoke and billboards.
    • 1977, Susan Sontag, “Melancholy Objects” in On Photography, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, p. 71,[3]
      Bleak factory buildings and billboard-cluttered avenues look as beautiful, through the camera’s eye, as churches and pastoral landscapes.
  2. (dated) A flat surface, such as a panel or fence, on which bills are posted; a bulletin board.
    • 1902, “The Casual Club,” The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2, 28 May, 1902,[4]
      When a show leaves New York, it carries posters wherewith to embellish each fence and bill board in the land [...]
    • 1918, Willia Cather, My Ántonia, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Book 3, Chapter 3, p. 308,[5]
      Toward the end of April, the billboards, which I watched anxiously in those days, bloomed out one morning with gleaming white posters on which two names were impressively printed in blue Gothic letters: the name of an actress of whom I had often heard, and the name “Camille.”
  3. (nautical) A piece of thick plank, armed with iron plates, and fixed on the bow or fore-channels of a vessel, for the bill or fluke of the anchor to rest on.[1]
  4. (computer graphics) A sprite that always faces the screen, no matter which direction it is looked at from.

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  1. ^ Benjamin J. Totten, Naval Text-Book, Boston: Little and Brown, 1841, p. 290, “BILL-BOARDS.”[1]

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