sleeping pill


Definition of sleeping pill

: a drug and especially a barbiturate that is taken as a tablet or capsule to induce sleep

Examples of sleeping pill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Katrina took a sleeping pill that evening and sat on her bed staring at the news. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Some arrive after primary care doctors refuse to refill their sleeping pill prescriptions, the coaches say. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 12 June 2021 Therefore, applying technology to monitor and improve sleep, rather than taking a sleeping pill, would be the preferred course of action. Trisha Swift, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Michaels then called Marshall, who'd just taken a sleeping pill. David Lee Simmons,, 8 Feb. 2021 Several news outlets reported in 2018 that the office would routinely hand out prescription drugs, like the sleeping pill Ambien, to White House staffers. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 5 Oct. 2020 Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine commonly found in sleeping pills and allergy medicine, such as Benadryl. Ashley Remkus |, al, 6 Jan. 2020 Which is worse for you, lack of sleep or sleeping pills? Annie Lane, oregonlive, 27 Feb. 2020 But people oftentimes let their guard down when flying, especially on overnight flights where people might drink alcohol or take sleeping pills, with a dark cabin and close seating providing an opportunity. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sleeping pill

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleeping pill was in 1664

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17 Jul 2021

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“Sleeping pill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for sleeping pill

sleeping pill


English Language Learners Definition of sleeping pill

: a pill that contains a drug which helps a person sleep

sleeping pill


Medical Definition of sleeping pill

: a drug and especially a barbiturate that is taken as a tablet or capsule to induce sleep

called also sleeping tablet


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