Pillow sham
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 sham — Sham Sham (sh[a^]m), n. [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See {Shame}, n.] 1. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoints; a make believe; delusion; imposture; humbug. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pillow sham — ☆ pillow sham n. a decorative cover for a bed pillow …   English World dictionary

  • pillow sham — pil′low sham n. an ornamental cover for a bed pillow • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • pillow sham — /ˈpɪloʊ ʃæm/ (say piloh sham) noun an ornamental cover laid over a bed pillow …   Australian English dictionary

  • pillow sham — an ornamental cover laid over a bed pillow. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • pillow sham — decorative covering for a pillow …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pillow sham — noun N. Amer. a decorative pillowcase for covering a pillow when not in use …   English new terms dictionary

  • pillow sham — noun bed linen consisting of a decorative cover for a pillow • Hypernyms: ↑bed linen …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sham — (sh[a^]m), n. [Originally the same word as shame, hence, a disgrace, a trick. See {Shame}, n.] 1. That which deceives expectation; any trick, fraud, or device that deludes and disappoints; a make believe; delusion; imposture; humbug. A mere sham …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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