Pillow Pil"low, n. [OE. pilwe, AS. pyle, fr. L. pilvinus.] 1. Anything used to support the head of a person when reposing; especially, a sack or case filled with feathers, down, hair, or other soft material. [1913 Webster]

[Resty sloth] finds the down pillow hard. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mach.) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block. [R.] [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit. [1913 Webster]

4. A kind of plain, coarse fustian. [1913 Webster]

{Lace pillow}, a cushion used in making hand-wrought lace.

{Pillow bier} [OE. pilwebere; cf. LG. b["u]re a pillowcase], a pillowcase; pillow slip. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{Pillow block} (Mach.), a block, or standard, for supporting a journal, as of a shaft. It is usually bolted to the frame or foundation of a machine, and is often furnished with journal boxes, and a movable cover, or cap, for tightening the bearings by means of bolts; -- called also {pillar block}, or {plumber block}.

{Pillow lace}, handmade lace wrought with bobbins upon a lace pillow.

{Pillow of a plow}, a crosspiece of wood which serves to raise or lower the beam.

{Pillow sham}, an ornamental covering laid over a pillow when not in use.

{Pillow slip}, a pillowcase. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pillow — [pil′ō] n. [ME pylwe < OE pyle, akin to Ger pfühl < WGmc borrowing of L pulvinus, cushion] 1. a cloth case filled with feathers, down, foam rubber, air, etc., used as a support, as for the head in sleeping 2. any object used as a headrest 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Pillow — Pil low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pillowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pillowing}.] To rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head. [1913 Webster] Pillows his chin upon an orient wave. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • pillow — ► NOUN ▪ a rectangular cloth bag stuffed with feathers or other soft materials, used to support the head when lying or sleeping. ► VERB ▪ support (one s head) as if on a pillow. DERIVATIVES pillowy adjective. ORIGIN Latin pulvinus cushion …   English terms dictionary

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  • Pillow — For other uses, see Pillow (disambiguation). Pillows piled on the corner of a bed A pillow is a large cushion support for the head, usually used while sleeping in a bed, or for the body as used on a couch or chair. There are also throw pillows… …   Wikipedia

  • pillow — n. & v. n. 1 a a usu. oblong support for the head, esp. in bed, with a cloth cover stuffed with feathers, flock, foam rubber, etc. b any pillow shaped block or support. 2 = lace pillow. v.tr. 1 rest (the head etc.) on or as if on a pillow… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pillow — pillowless, adj. pillowlike, adj. /pil oh/, n. 1. a bag or case made of cloth that is filled with feathers, down, or other soft material, and is used to cushion the head during sleep or rest. 2. anything used to cushion the head; headrest: a… …   Universalium

  • pillow — {{11}}pillow (n.) O.E. pyle, from W.Gmc. *pulwi(n) (Cf. M.Du. polu, O.H.G. pfuliwi, Ger. Pfühl), an early borrowing (2c. or 3c.) from L. pulvinus cushion, of uncertain origin. Slang pillow talk first recorded 1939. {{12}}pillow (v.) 1620s, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pillow — I. noun Etymology: Middle English pilwe, from Old English pyle (akin to Old High German pfuliwi), from Latin pulvinus Date: before 12th century 1. a. a support for the head of a reclining person; especially one consisting of a cloth bag filled… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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