pill

1. noun /pɪl/
a) A small portion of a drug or drugs to be taken orally, usually of roughly cylindrical shape, often coated to prolong dissolution or ease swallowing.

Take two pills every hour in the apyrexia of intermittent fever, until eight are taken.

b) the pill: A combination of estrogen and progestin in pill form, which functions as a contraceptive.

Many specialists are requesting that this vitamin be included in all contraceptive pills, as women on the pill have a tendency to be depressed.

2. verb /pɪl/
a) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.

During processing, inferior short fibers (which can cause pilling and itching) are removed to enhance the natural softness of the yarn and to improve its wash-and-wear performance.

b) To form into the shape of a pill.

Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.


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  • pill — [ pıl ] noun count * a small piece of solid medicine that you swallow with water: sleeping/contraceptive/vitamin pills take a pill: Did you remember to take your pills this morning? pill for: The doctor prescribed some pills for the pain. a. the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pill — can refer to: * A ball, or anything small and round, hence also: ** A pill (pharmacy): A pharmacological dosage form, now rendered obsolete by tablets and capsules, hence also: *** The Pill , a general nickname for the combined oral contraceptive …   Wikipedia

  • pill — ► NOUN 1) a small round mass of solid medicine for swallowing whole. 2) (the Pill) a contraceptive pill. ► VERB ▪ (of knitted fabric) form small balls of fluff on its surface. ● a bitter pill Cf. ↑a bitter pill …   English terms dictionary

  • Pill — Pill, n. [F. pilute, L. pilula a pill, little ball, dim. of L. pila a ball. Cf. {Piles}.] 1. A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole. [1913 Webster] 2. Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Blason inconnu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pill — pill1 [pil] n. [LME pylle, contr. < L pilula, dim. of pila, a ball: see PILES] 1. a small ball, tablet, capsule, etc. of medicine to be swallowed whole 2. anything unpleasant but unavoidable 3. a) something like a pill in shape b) …   English World dictionary

  • Pill — Pill, v. t. [Cf. L. pilare to deprive of hair, and E. pill, n. (above).] 1. To deprive of hair; to make bald. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To peel; to make by removing the skin. [1913 Webster] [Jacob] pilled white streaks . . . in the rods. Gen. xxx …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Pill, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Pilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pilling}.] [F. piller, L. pilare; cf. It. pigliare to take. Cf. {Peel} to plunder.] To rob; to plunder; to pillage; to peel. See {Peel}, to plunder. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] Pillers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Pill, n. [Cf. {Peel} skin, or {Pillion}.] The peel or skin. [Obs.] Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pill — Pill, v. i. To be peeled; to peel off in flakes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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