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pill

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verb \ˈpil\

Definition of pill

  1. intransitive verb
  2. dialectal, chiefly England :  to come off in flakes or scales :  peel

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

  5. 2 dialect :  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


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pill

noun

Definition of pill

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


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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

First Known Use of pill

1736



PILL Defined for English Language Learners

pill

noun

Definition of pill for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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