verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pill1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of pill2
verb (used with object) Archaic.
Origin of pill3
Related Words for pillmedicine, tablet, dose, lozenge, pellet, bolus, troche, pain, trial, drag, pest, nuisance, bore, pilule
Examples from the Web for pill
Contemporary Examples of pill
If there were a pill with such poor efficacy, it might be considered malpractice to prescribe it.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever
September 26, 2014
“I could have taken the pill, but I wanted to do the one that women were most afraid of,” she told Cosmo.Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth
September 10, 2014
A pill that can give women control over their bodies and sexual choice is coming under criticism for encouraging risky behavior.
So far, research shows that none of these fears have been born out with The Pill or with Truvada.
Florida, which began a pill mill crackdown in 2010, saw a 50 percent decrease in overdose deaths from oxycodone in 2012.Painkiller Overdoses Kill More Than One American Every Hour
July 1, 2014
Historical Examples of pill
He wished to have the time to make Dubois swallow this pill.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
There was no answer, and she asked again, "Bob, did you 'pill your berries?"
You've always had speed and curves, but now you seem able to get the pill over.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
Some of that power ought to emanate from him with every pill and drug which he prescribes.Psychotherapy
We figured the percentage on the basis of the pill Frank swiped.Question of Comfort
- to form into small balls
- (of a fabric) to form small balls of fibre on its surface through rubbing
Word Origin for pill
Word Origin for pill
"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.
see bitter pill to swallow; sugar the pill.