pill

pill1 S3 [pıl] n
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: pilula, from pila 'ball']
1.)
a small solid piece of medicine that you swallow whole
He has to take pills to control his blood pressure.
sleeping pills
a bottle of vitamin pills
2.) the Pill/the pill
a pill taken regularly by some women in order to prevent them having babies
on the Pill
My doctor advised me to go on the pill (=start taking it regularly) .
3.) sugar/sweeten the pill
to do something to make an unpleasant job or situation less unpleasant for the person who has to accept it
4.) be a pill
AmE informal if someone, especially a child, is a pill, they are annoying
Luke can be a real pill sometimes.
a bitter pill (to swallow) atbitter1 (7), ↑morning-after pill
pill 2
pill2 v [i]AmE
if a piece of clothing pills, especially a ↑sweater, it forms little balls on the surface of the cloth after it has been worn or washed

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Pill — Pill …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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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