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pill

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verb \ˈpil\

Definition of pill

dial chiefly English

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to come off in flakes or scales :  peel

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  to subject to depredation or extortion

  5. 2 dial :  to peel or strip off



Origin and Etymology of pill

Middle English pilen, pillen, partly from Old English pilian to peel, partly from Anglo-French piler to rob


First Known Use: 12th century


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pill

noun

Simple Definition of pill

  • : a small, rounded object that you swallow and that contains medicine, vitamins, etc.

  • the pill : a pill that a woman takes so that she will not become pregnant : a contraceptive in pill form

  • : an annoying person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pill

  1. 1 a :  a usually medicinal or dietary preparation in a small rounded mass to be swallowed whole b often capitalized :  birth control pill —usually used with the

  2. 2 :  something repugnant or unpleasant that must be accepted or endured

  3. 3 :  something resembling a pill in size or shape

  4. 4 :  a disagreeable or tiresome person

Examples of pill in a sentence

  1. She took a pill for her headache.

  2. The drug is available as a pill or a liquid.



Origin and Etymology of pill

Middle English pylle, from Anglo-French pile & Middle Dutch pille, both ultimately from Latin pilula, from diminutive of pila ball


First Known Use: 14th century


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pill

verb

Definition of pill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dose with pills

  3. 2 :  blackball

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become rough with or mat into little balls <brushed woolens often pill>



1736

First Known Use of pill

1736



PILL Defined for Kids

pill

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noun \ˈpil\

Definition of pill for Students

  1. :  medicine or a food supplement in the form of a small rounded mass to be swallowed whole




Medical Dictionary

pill

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noun \ˈpil\

Medical Definition of pill

  1. 1:  a usually medicinal or dietary preparation in a small rounded mass to be swallowed whole

  2. 2 often capitalized :  birth control pill—usually used with the <has been on the pill for three years>





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