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Webster 1913 Edition


Pill

Pill

,
Noun.
[Cf.
Peel
skin, or
Pillion
.]
The peel or skin.
[Obs.]
“Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts.”
Holland.

Pill

,
Verb.
I.
To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.

Pill

,
Verb.
T.
[Cf. L.
pilare
to deprive of hair, and E.
pill
, n. (above).]
1.
To deprive of hair; to make bald.
[Obs.]
2.
To peel; to make by removing the skin.
[Jacob]
pilled
white streaks . . . in the rods.
Gen. xxx. 37.

Pill

,
Verb.
T.
&
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Pilled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Pilling
.]
[F.
piller
, L.
pilare
; cf. It.
pigliare
to take. Cf.
Peel
to plunder.]
To rob; to plunder; to pillage; to peel. See
Peel
, to plunder.
[Obs.]
Spenser.
Pillers and robbers were come in to the field to
pill
and to rob.
Sir T. Malroy.

Pill

,
Noun.
[F.
pilute
, L.
pilula
a pill, little ball, dim. of L.
pila
a ball. Cf.
Piles
.]
1.
A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole.
2.
Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous which must be accepted or endured.
Udall.
Pill beetle
(Zool.)
,
any small beetle of the genus
Byrrhus
, having a rounded body, with the head concealed beneath the thorax.
Pill bug
(Zool.)
,
any terrestrial isopod of the genus
Armadillo
, having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed. Called also
pill wood louse
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pill

PILL

,
Noun.
[L. pila, a ball; pilula, a little ball.]
1.
In pharmacy, a medicine in the form of a little ball or small round mass, to be swallowed whole.
2.
Any thing nauseous.

PILL

,
Verb.
T.
To rob; to plunder; to pillage, that is, to peel, to strip. [See Peel, the same word in the proper English orthography.]

PILL

,
Verb.
I.
To be peeled; to come off in flakes.
1.
To rob. [See Peel.]

Definition 2021


Pill

Pill

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English

Proper noun

Pill

  1. A village in England.

Etymology 2

Proper noun

Pill

  1. A municipality in Tyrol, Austria.

Luxembourgish

Noun

Pill

  1. plural of Pull

pill

pill

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English

Assorted pills

Noun

pill (plural pills)

  1. A small, usually cylindrical object designed for easy swallowing, usually containing some sort of medication.
    • 1864, Benjamin Ellis, The Medical Formulary
      Take two pills every hour in the apyrexia of intermittent fever, until eight are taken.
  2. (informal, uncountable, definite, i.e. used with "the") Contraceptive medication, usually in the form of a pill to be taken by a woman; an oral contraceptive pill.
    Jane went on the pill when she left for college.
    She got pregnant one month after going off the pill.
  3. (slang) A comical or entertaining person.
  4. (slang) A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter IV:
      You see, he's egging Phyllis on to marry Wilbert Cream. [...] And when a man like that eggs, something has to give, especially when the girl's a pill like Phyllis, who always does what Daddy tells her.
    • 2000, Susan Isaacs, Shining Through
      Instead, I saw a woman in her mid-fifties, who was a real pill; while all the others had managed a decent “So pleased,” or even a plain “Hello,” Ginger just inclined her head, as if she was doing a Queen Mary imitation.
  5. (informal) A small piece of any substance, for example a ball of fibres formed on the surface of a textile by rubbing.
    • 1999, Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True
      One sleeve, threadbare and loaded with what my mother called “sweater pills,” hung halfway to the floor.
  6. (archaic, baseball slang) A baseball.
    • 1931, Canadian National Magazine
      "Strike two!" bawled the umpire. I threw the pill back to Tom with a heart which drummed above the noise of the rooters along the side lines.
    • 2002, John Klima, Pitched Battle: 35 of Baseball's Greatest Duels from the Mound
      Mr. Fisher contributed to the Sox effort when he threw the pill past second baseman Rath after Felsch hit him a comebacker.
  7. (firearms, slang) A bullet (projectile).
Synonyms
  • (small object for swallowing): tablet
  • (bullet): cap
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

pill (third-person singular simple present pills, present participle pilling, simple past and past participle pilled)

  1. (intransitive, textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
    • 1997, Jo Sharp, Knitted Sweater Style: Inspirations in Color
      During processing, inferior short fibers (which can cause pilling and itching) are removed to enhance the natural softness of the yarn and to improve its wash-and-wear performance.
  2. To form into the shape of a pill.
    Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.
  3. To medicate with pills.
    She pills herself with all sorts of herbal medicines.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Latin pilō (depilate), from pilus (hair).

Verb

pill (third-person singular simple present pills, present participle pilling, simple past and past participle pilled)

  1. (obsolete) To peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark.
  2. To peel; to make by removing the skin.
    • Bible, Genesis xxx. 37
      [Jacob] pilled white streaks [] in the rods.
  3. To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.
  4. (obsolete) To pillage; to despoil or impoverish.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter iiij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XXI:
      So syr Lucan departed for he was greuously wounded in many places And so as he yede he sawe and herkened by the mone lyght how that pyllars and robbers were comen in to the felde To pylle and robbe many a ful noble knyghte of brochys and bedys of many a good rynge & of many a ryche Iewel / and who that were not deed al oute
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

Noun

pill (plural pills)

  1. (obsolete) The peel or skin.
    • Holland
      Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts.
    • 1682, A perfect school of Instructions for the Officers of the Mouth
      To make Sallet of Lemon pill, or green Citron. You must have your Lemon Pill preserved very green, Rasp it into a Dish, and raise it up lightly with a Fork []

Etymology 3

From Middle English *pill, *pyll, from Old English pyll (a pool, pill), from Proto-Germanic *pullijaz (small pool, ditch, creek), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *pullaz (pool, stream), from Proto-Indo-European *bale- (bog, marsh). Cognate with Old English pull (pool, creek), Scots poll (slow moving stream, creek, inlet), Icelandic pollur (pond, pool, puddle). More at pool.

Noun

pill (plural pills)

  1. (now Britain regional) An inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay.

Estonian

Etymology 1

Noun

pill (genitive pilli, partitive pilli)

  1. (music) instrument
Declension
Synonyms
  • muusikariist

Etymology 2

Noun

pill (genitive pilli, partitive pilli)

  1. (medicine) pill
Declension
Synonyms

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

pill m

  1. genitive singular of peall