Definition of Pillow

1. Noun. A cushion to support the head of a sleeping person.

Specialized synonyms: Bed Pillow, Bolster, Long Pillow
Generic synonyms: Cushion

2. Verb. Rest on or as if on a pillow. "Pillow your head"
Exact synonyms: Rest
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Derivative terms: Rest

Definition of Pillow

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head.

Definition of Pillow

1. Noun. A soft cushion used to support the head in bed. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To rest as on a pillow. ¹

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Definition of Pillow

1. to rest on a pillow (a cushion for the head) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pillow

1. 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. "[Resty sloth] finds the down pillow hard." (Shak) 2. A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block. 3. A block under the inner end of a bowsprit. 4. A kind of plain, coarse fustian. Lace pillow, a cushion used in making hand-wrought lace. Pillow bier [OE. Pilwebere; cf. LG. Bure a pillowcase], a pillowcase; pillow slip. Pillow block, 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. Origin: OE. Pilwe, AS. Pyle, fr. L. Pilvinus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pillow

pillow (current term)
pillow block
pillow case
pillow cases
pillow fight
pillow fights
pillow lace
pillow lava
pillow lavas
pillow sham
pillow slip

Literary usage of Pillow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"An example of dainty Brussels pillow lace is given in 6g- 42. In the Brussels pillow lace a delicate modelling effect FIG. 40.—Border of pillow-made Lace, ..."

2. The Journal of the Polynesian Society by Polynesian Society (N.Z.) (1897)
"The pillow is that of Taketake of ... Let the pillow rise, let the pillow rise, It is sacred, it is noble ; The pillow is that of ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Hence Brussels is sometimes both a point and a pillow-lace. ... When the ornaments are made with bobbins on the pillow, the lace is called point plat. ..."

4. Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States: Advising by United States Attorney-General (1869)
"I foresaw the great probability of such horrid results as those exhibited in the massacre of Fort pillow, (and, as reported, at other places,) and that was ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"As his troops were moved into action on the eleventh, the officers commanding exhorted their men to remember Fort pillow, and a large majority of the ..."

6. The Photographic History of the Civil War ...: Thousands of Scenes by Francis Trevelyan Miller, Robert Sampson Lanier (1911)
"Fort pillow with its frowning cannon lay eighty miles or more below New Madrid ... Fort pillow, and Fort Randolph, just below, must now be attacked in order ..."

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