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pill


pill 1  (pl)
n.
1. A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
2. Informal An oral contraceptive. Used with the.
3. Slang Something, such as a baseball, that resembles a pellet of medicine.
4. Something both distasteful and necessary.
5. Slang An insipid or ill-natured person.
v. pilled, pil·ling, pills
v.tr.
1. To dose with pills.
2. To make into pills.
3. Slang To blackball.
v.intr.
To form small balls resembling pills: a sweater that pills.

[Middle English pille, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille and Old French pile, all from Latin pilula, diminutive of pila, ball.]

pill 2  (pl)
v. pilled, pil·ling, pills
v.intr. Chiefly British
To come off, as in flakes or scales.
v.tr. Archaic
To subject to extortion.

[Middle English pillen, to plunder, peel, from Old English pilian; see peel1 and from Old French piller, to plunder; see pillage.]


pill  /pl/  n. 1 a small, round piece of medicine or vitamins meant to be swallowed: He takes a pill to reduce his high blood pressure. 2 a difficult or unpleasant person: If youre going to be a pill, you cant go to the movies with us because we wont have any fun. 3 a bitter pill (to swallow): a blow to ones pride and selfrespect: Being turned down again for a promotion was a bitter pill for her to swallow. 4 the pill: a method of birth control for women, taken once a day: She doesnt want to have children yet, so shes on the pill.

Thesaurus: pill 1 a tablet, capsule 2 a pain infrml. pill

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