What does pillow mean?

Definitions for pillow
ˈpɪl oʊpil·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pillowverb

    a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person

  2. pillow, restverb

    rest on or as if on a pillow

    "pillow your head"


  1. pillownoun

    A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.

  2. pillowverb

    To rest as on a pillow.

  3. Etymology: From pilwe, from pylwe, pylu, pyle, from pulwin, from pulvinus, of unknown origin. Cognate with Dutch peluw, Pfühl.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillownoun

    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. Pillownoun

    a piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block

  3. Pillownoun

    a block under the inner end of a bowsprit

  4. Pillownoun

    a kind of plain, coarse fustian

  5. Pillowverb

    to rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head

  6. Etymology: [OE. pilwe, AS. pyle, fr. L. pilvinus.]


  1. Pillow

    A pillow is a large cushion support for the head or other parts of the body, usually used while sleeping on a bed, or for the body as used on a couch or chair. There are also throw pillows, which are pillows that are purely decorative and not designed for support or comfort. A cushion is a soft bag filled with air or padding like feathers or foam rubber. In the United Kingdom, these types of pillows are called a cushion, with the word pillow used for pillows on a bed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pillow

    pil′ō, n. a cushion filled with feathers, &c., for resting the head on: any cushion: a block of metal for bearing the end of a shaft, or the end of a bowsprit: the socket of a pivot.—v.t. to lay or rest on for support.—v.i. to rest the head on a pillow.—ns. Pill′ow-bier, -beer, -case, -slip, a cover which can be drawn over a pillow; Pill′ow-cup, a last cup before going to bed.—adjs. Pill′owed, supported by, or provided with, a pillow; Pill′owy, like a pillow: soft. [A.S. pyle—L. pulvīnus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pillow

    A block of timber whereon the inner end of the bowsprit is supported.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pillow' in Nouns Frequency: #2803

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of pillow in a Sentence

  1. Braden Coleman:

    I walked downstairs and they warned me not to go to the bathroom because there were too many people in front of the lav door, there was one guy who had a box of water bottles that he was using for a pillow. I don’t know how that could have been comfortable. But, hey, he was fast asleep.

  2. Hilary Cheney:

    They delivered it to me an hour later and I carried that car around with me for weeks, i even slept with it under my pillow. Knowing it was the last thing Carson had played with makes it one of my most valued treasures.

  3. John Ervine:

    Every man ... should periodically be compelled to listen to opinions which are infuriating to him. To hear nothing but what is pleasing to one is to make a pillow of the mind.

  4. Frank L. Boyden:

    Work 'em hard, play 'em hard, feed 'em up to the nines and send 'em to bed so tired that they are asleep before their heads are on the pillow.

  5. Tommy Cooper:

    Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.

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