Meaning of bile in English:


Pronunciation /bʌɪl/

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mass noun
  • 1A bitter greenish-brown alkaline fluid which aids digestion and is secreted by the liver and stored in the gall bladder.

    ‘The main function of the gallbladder is to store bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver.’
    • ‘The gallbladder is a small muscular sac located under the liver that stores bile secreted by the liver.’
    • ‘The gall bladder receives bile from the liver, stores and concentrates it, and delivers it to the intestine as required.’
    • ‘A sac located under the liver that stores and concentrates bile secreted by the liver.’
    • ‘The gall bladder stores and secretes bile, which includes salts used to break down food.’
    • ‘The presence of lipids in the intestine stimulates the secretion of bile and pancreatic juice.’
    • ‘Gall stones in the Gall bladder, a storehouse for bile secreted by the liver, is a common health problem.’
    • ‘The gallbladder stores bile, used to emulsify beneficial fats so the body can absorb them.’
    • ‘The duodenum receives bile from the liver and digestive enzymes from the pancreas.’
    • ‘No one wants to get blood, pus, bile, or urine over their clothes, after all, not to mention faeces or vomit.’
    • ‘It stores bile, a liquid produced by the liver, and then releases it into the intestine to help digestion.’
    • ‘In a healthy liver, blood and bile travel in opposite directions and never meet.’
    • ‘The gallbladder is a tiny pouch that stores the bile produced by the liver.’
    • ‘It also stimulates release of bile from the liver and pepsin from the stomach.’
    • ‘However, the mechanism of the response to heat stress vis-a-vis the formation and flow of bile in liver is not known.’
    • ‘As the condition progresses, nodules appear and the liver becomes stained with bile.’
    • ‘Augmentin can cause jaundice by slowing the normal flow of bile from the liver.’
    • ‘Enzymes and bile salts in the gastric juice clearly augment the damaging effects of the acid.’
    • ‘The gall bladder acts as a regulator of bile from the liver, increasing or decreasing it to suit, depending on your diet.’
    • ‘It stores a green liquid called bile, which is produced by the liver to help the body digest fats and other substances.’
    acrimony, resentment, rancour, sourness, acerbity, asperity
  • 2Anger, bitterness, or irritability.

    ‘his response was full of bile and hatred’
    • ‘Scratch the surface and all you'll find resentment, bitterness and bile!’
    • ‘There's sheer anger and sheer angst, there's bile and hatred, there is loathing.’
    • ‘I can feel anger and bile rising in me, rising up out of the years of desperation and hollow fury.’
    • ‘Not only do these dark souls live each day consumed by hatred and bile, but they drag others into it.’
    • ‘Frothing and foaming and using words dripping with bile and hatred.’
    • ‘The Sunday papers in Ireland were full of bile for the Lord Mayor.’
    • ‘A stomach full of bile with lashings of politically incorrect humour, Burns is back.’
    • ‘I am boring and bitter and pathetic and full of bile, but despite that, I care about you and how you care about me and we care about each other.’
    • ‘It would not, through the mysterious alchemy of hatred and bile, become poison.’
    • ‘So it is that one notices that a marked tendency to bile and ill-humour surfaces among blog entries.’
    • ‘Still, if you want your Crisis analysis to have plenty of bite and a dash of bile, relish Living Dangerously.’
    • ‘Feel your bile rise in righteous indignation as you realise they've put in not one but two Coldplay albums.’
    • ‘Lara's panic had turned to hot anger, rising in the back of her throat like bile.’
    • ‘Miette felt a sudden burst of irrational anger rise up in her like bile.’
    • ‘You can see the bile and fury rising up in their necks, and then all hell breaks loose.’
    • ‘This is where the bile and the agony and the rage of rock and roll was sharpened and honed.’
    • ‘Who wants to flip to the sports page only to find bitter bile and moping?’
    • ‘Such nice sentiments, but from the Greens, their sweetness is as bitter as bile.’
    • ‘Isaacs gives us occasional glimpses of the man beneath all the poisonous bile.’
    • ‘The first festival I attended was by far the best, because the air was thick with bile and acrimony.’
    annoyance, vexation, exasperation, crossness, irritation, irritability, indignation, pique, displeasure, resentment


Mid 16th century from French, from Latin bilis.