Pillow definition

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Anything that supports like a pillow.
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To rest on or as on a pillow.
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To be a pillow for.
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(geology) A pillow lava.
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A cloth case filled with feathers, down, foam rubber, air, etc., used as a support, as for the head in sleeping.
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Anything like a pillow or cushion, as a pad on which certain laces are made.
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A kind of plain, coarse fustian.
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The definition of a pillow is a cushion or cloth container stuffed with something soft used for comfort and support.

An example of a pillow is what people normally have under their head while sleeping.

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(rare) To rest the head on or as on a pillow.
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A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.
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(engineering) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
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(nautical) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
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To rest as on a pillow.
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A cloth case stuffed with something soft, such as down, feathers, or foam rubber, used to cushion the head, especially during sleep.
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A decorative cushion.
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The pad on which bobbin lace is made.
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To rest (one's head) on or as if on a pillow.
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To serve as a pillow for.

Grass pillowed my head.

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To rest on or as if on a pillow.
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To assume the shape of a pillow.
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Any object used as a headrest.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pillow
Plural:
pillows

Origin of pillow

  • Middle English from Old English pyle, pylu, pylw- from West Germanic pulwī from Latin pulvīnus

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

  • From Middle English pilwe, from Old English pylwe, pylu, pyle (“pillow"), from Proto-Germanic *pulwį̄ (“pillow"), from Latin pulvÄ«nus (“cushion"), of unknown origin. Cognate with Dutch peluw (“pillow, bolster"), German Pfühl (“pillow").

    From Wiktionary