Crossword clues for pill
- Capsule alternative
- A dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
- Unwelcome one (4)
- Medicinal tablet
- Medicine tablet
- Alternative to a caplet
- Troche or bolus
- Dose of medicine
- Disagreeable one
- Term for a Nolan Ryan fastball
- Cachou, e.g.
- Item in a box with seven compartments, say
- Pain in the neck
- Aspirin, e.g.
- Medicine ball?
- Tiresome one
- Unpleasant person
- Hardly the life of the party
- It's taken in for treatment
- Difficult sort
- Wet blanket
- Dosage unit
- Bit of medicine
- Tiresomely disagreeable sort
- It can be popped
- Hard-to-take person
- Hard-to-tolerate sort
- Disagreeable person
- Tiresome sort
- Sweater ball
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pill \Pill\, n. [F. pilute, L. pilula a pill, little ball, dim. of L. pila a ball. Cf. Piles.]
A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole.
Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous which must be accepted or endured.
Pill beetle (Zo["o]l.), any small beetle of the genus Byrrhus, having a rounded body, with the head concealed beneath the thorax.
Pill bug (Zo["o]l.), any terrestrial isopod of the genus Armadillo, having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed. Called also pill wood louse.
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.''
Pill \Pill\, v. i. To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.
Pill \Pill\, v. t. [Cf. L. pilare to deprive of hair, and E. pill, n. (above).]
To deprive of hair; to make bald. [Obs.]
To peel; to make by removing the skin.
[Jacob] pilled white streaks . . . in the rods.
--Gen. xxx. 37.
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
Pillers and robbers were come in to the field to pill
and to rob.
--Sir T. Malroy.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"small ball or round mass of medicine," c.1400, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille and Middle French pile, all from Latin pilula "pill," literally "little ball," diminutive of pila "a ball, playing ball," said to be related to pilus "hair" if the original notion was "hairball." Figurative sense "something disagreeable that must be swallowed" is from 1540s; slang meaning "boring person" is recorded from 1871. The pill "contraceptive pill" is from 1957.
1736, "to dose on pills," from pill (n.). From 1882 as "to form into pills." Related: Pilled; pilling.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A small, usually cylindrical object designed for easy swallowing, usually containing some sort of medication. 2 (senseid en contraceptive) (context informal uncountable definite i.e. used with "the" English) contraceptive medication, usually in the form of a pill to be taken by a woman; an oral contraceptive pill. 3 (context slang English) A comical or entertaining person. 4 (context slang English) A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person. vb. 1 (context intransitive textiles English) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber. 2 To form into the shape of a pill. 3 To medicate with pills. Etymology 2
n. The peel or skin. vb. 1 (label en obsolete) To peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark. 2 To peel; to make by removing the skin. 3 To be peeled; to peel off in flakes. 4 (label en obsolete) To pillage; to despoil or impoverish. Etymology 3
n. (context now UK regional English) An inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay.
n. something that resembles a pill in shape or size
a unpleasant or tiresome person
something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured; "his competitor's success was a bitter pill to take"
a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception [syn: birth control pill, contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive, anovulatory drug, anovulant]
Pill or The Pill may refer to:
- Pill (pharmacy), referring to anything small and round for a specific dose of medicine
- "The Pill", a general nickname for the combined oral contraceptive pill
Tyrone Rivers, better known by his stage name Pill, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.
A pill was originally defined as a small, round, solid pharmaceutical oral dosage form of medication that was in use before the advent of tablets and capsules. Pills were made by mixing the active ingredients with an excipient such as glucose syrup in a mortar and pestle to form a paste, then rolling the mass into a long cylindrical shape (called a "pipe"), and dividing it into equal portions, which were then rolled into balls, and often coated with sugar to make them more palatable.
Today, pills include tablets, capsules, and variants thereof like caplets—essentially anything with medication that can be digested, minus the liquid forms, colloquially falls into the pill category.
Some pills are designed to contain sensory and communication elements that collect and wirelessly transmit physiological information after being swallowed.
The oldest known pills were made of the zinc carbonates hydrozincite and smithsonite. The pills were used for sore eyes, and were found aboard a Roman ship Relitto del Pozzino which wrecked in 140 BC.
A pill, colloquially known as a bobble, is a small ball of fibers that forms on a piece of cloth. 'Pill' is also a verb for the formation of such balls.
Pilling is a surface defect of textiles caused by wear, and is considered unsightly. It happens when washing and wearing of fabrics causes loose fibers to begin to push out from the surface of the cloth, and, over time, abrasion causes the fibers to develop into small spherical bundles, anchored to the surface of the fabric by protruding fibers that haven't broken. The textile industry divides pilling into four stages: fuzz formation, entanglement, growth, and wear-off. Pilling normally happens on the parts of clothing that receive the most abrasion in day-to-day wear, such as the collar, cuffs, and around the thighs and rear on trousers.
All fabrics pill to some extent, although fibers such as linen and silk pill less than most. The primary drivers of pilling are the physical characteristics of the textile (including both the initial fibre, and the way in which it is processed during manufacturing), the personal habits of the textile's wearer, and the environment in which the textile is used. Fibers such as wool, cotton, polyester, nylon and acrylic have a tendency to pill the most, but wool pilling diminishes over time as non-tenacious wool fibers work themselves free of the fabric and break away, whereas pilling of synthetic textiles is a more serious problem, because the stronger fibers hold on to the pills and don't allow pills to fall off.
In general longer fibers pill less than short ones because there are fewer ends of fibers, and because it is harder for the longer fibers to work themselves out of the cloth. Fabrics with a large number of loose fibers have a higher tendency to pill. Also, knitted fabrics tend to pill more than woven fabrics, because of the greater distance between yarn crossings in knitted fabrics than in woven ones. For the same reason, a tightly knitted object will pill less than a loosely knitted one. When a fabric is made of a blend of fibers where one fibre is significantly stronger than the other, pills tend to form as the weaker fibre wears and breaks, and the stronger fibre holds the pills onto the cloth.
Techniques used by the textile industry to avoid pilling include singeing the loose fibers protruding on the surface of textile, and spinning the yarn with a high number of twists per inch. Some fabrics are chemically treated during the manufacturing process in order to reduce their propensity to pill. Polymeric coatings are sometimes applied, to bind fibers into the fabric surface and prevent initial fuzz from forming. Polyester and cotton fibers are sometimes modified to be of lower-than-normal strength, which results in pills detaching easily from fabrics, once they are formed. Cellulase enzymes are sometimes used on cotton fabrics during wet processing, which removes loose fibers.
Textile authorities say consumers can prevent or postpone pilling of their fabrics by treating them with chemical soil release treatments that make the surface of the fabric more hydrophilic, and by turning clothes inside out before washing them. Washing in laundry detergent containing enzymes will get rid of pills on cotton clothing.
Pills do not interfere with the functionality of the textile, unless a spot with a lot of pills turns into a hole in the fabric. This is because both pills and holes are caused by the fabric wearing—a pill is fibre that was in the cloth. After the pill forms the fabric is thinner there, increasing the likelihood that a hole will form.
Pilling can seriously compromise a textile's acceptability for consumers, and is the focus of significant industry research. In the textile industry, severity of pilling is objectively evaluated using five parameters: pill number, the mean area of pilling; the total area of pilling; contrast, and density.
Usage examples of "pill".
Why did you wish information about this box of aconitine pills prescribed for Mrs.
The box bearing the aconitine label and the pills had all rolled out of the china umbrella stand, and he had taken it for granted that the pills belonged in the box.
Turnbull put down his pill box before getting a glass of water, and in his attack of giddiness accidentally opened your box of aconitine pills, Mrs.
He was, however, a morphine addict, so seriously addicted that by the time he stood trial atNuremberghe was dosing himself with up to a hundred pills of paracodeine a day.
The outlets I depend on, use for survival and have become addicted to are gone, replaced by Doctors and Nurses and Counselors and Rules and Regulations and Pills and Lectures and Mandatory Meals and Jobs in the morning and none of them do a fucking thing for me.
Pakistan has been producing and testing, on an experimental basis, a wide range of odd drugs, both amphetamines and narcotics, in pill, liquid, and aerosol form.
Show me where the label for the aerosol version is different from the label for the pills.
He opened and cleaned the wounds with something that felt like a wire brush, stitched them up neatly, covered them all with aluminium foil and bandage, fed me a variety of pills then, for good measure, jabbed me a couple of times with a hypodermic syringe.
What if Tessa had had a husband who failed to understand her anorexia and addiction to diet pills?
One endearing charm is the way these yellow fellows take their atabrine tablets, pills which are so vile tasting that our men even wash them down with GI lemonade.
After an early breakfast, the 505th lined up to draw ammunition and field rations, along with atabrine pills to prevent malaria, pills to purify water, and anti-fatigue pills.
And a barbiturate, something called zolpidem, which is a sleeping pill also known by the brand name Ambien.
Oscar -- at which point he would reach out and grab any pills, powders, shivs or other evidence he was handed, then sprint like a human bazooka for the nearest exit.
Horace, giving the poets a pill, but our fellow Shakespeare hath given him a purge that made him bewray his credit.
Which translated to read: Pill Popping Dope Smoking Pussy Eating Mother Fucken Outlaw Brothers Biken Together.