pillow

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pillows (soft cushions)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pilwe, from Old English pylwe, pylu, pyle (pillow), from Proto-West Germanic *pulwī (pillow), from Latin pulvīnus (cushion), derived from pulvis (dust, powder) +‎ -īnus (-ine), for the filler of a pillow. Doublet of pulvinus.

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Noun[edit]

pillow (countable and uncountable, plural pillows)

  1. A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.
  2. (geology) A pillow lava.
  3. (engineering) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
  4. (nautical) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
  5. The socket of a pivot.
  6. (uncountable) A kind of plain, coarse fustian.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Maori: pera

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Verb[edit]

pillow (third-person singular simple present pillows, present participle pillowing, simple past and past participle pillowed)

  1. (transitive) To rest as on a pillow.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 73:
      ...but Lucy was too thoroughly exhausted to awaken. There she lay, her head pillowed upon her arm, like a child that had cried itself to rest; while Francesca bent over her,...
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 815-6)
      She had pillowed her head on her arm.