Pill meaning

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The definition of a pill is a small tablet of medication.

An example of a pill is an Advil.

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A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
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An oral contraceptive. Used with the.
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A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
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Something, such as a baseball, that resembles a pellet of medicine.
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An oral contraceptive. Used with the.
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Pill is defined as to give small tablets of medicine to someone or to make the tablets.

An example of to pill is for a doctor to describe a medication.

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Something both distasteful and necessary.
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An insipid or ill-natured person.
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To dose with pills.
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To make into pills.
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To blackball.
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To form small balls resembling pills.

A sweater that pills.

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To come off, as in flakes or scales.
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To subject to extortion.
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A small ball, tablet, capsule, etc. of medicine to be swallowed whole.
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Anything unpleasant but unavoidable.
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An unpleasant or boring person.
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To dose with pills.
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To form into pills.
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To blackball.
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To form into small balls, as fuzz on a fabric.
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To pillage; plunder.
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To peel.
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A small, usually cylindrical object designed for easy swallowing, usually containing some sort of medication.
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(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.
  • 1986, Jurriaan Plesman, Getting Off the Hook: Treatment of Drug Addiction and Social Disorders Through Body and Mind.
    Many specialists are requesting that this vitamin be included in all contraceptive pills, as women on the pill have a tendency to be depressed.

Jane went on the pill when she left for college.

She got pregnant one month after going off the pill.

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(slang) A comical or entertaining person.
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(slang) A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person.
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(informal) A small piece of any substance, for example a ball of fibres formed on the surface of a textile by rubbing.
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(archaic, baseball slang) A baseball.
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(firearms) (informal) A bullet (projectile)
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(intransitive, textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
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To form into the shape of a pill.

Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.

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To medicate with pills.

She pills herself with all sorts of herbal medicines.

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To peel; to make by removing the skin.
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To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.
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The peel or skin.
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(now UK regional) An inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay.
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the pill
  • Any contraceptive drug for women, taken in the form of a pill.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of pill

  • Middle English pille from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille Old French pile all from Latin pilula diminutive of pila ball

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pillen to plunder, peel from Old English pilian peel1 and from Old French piller to plunder pillage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pille (whence Dutch pil), probably from Latin pilula.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin pilō (“depilate"), from pilus (“hair").

    From Wiktionary