Pillow

Definition of Pillow

Pil´low
n.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.(Mach.) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
3.(Naut.) 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
a pillowcase; pillow slip.
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.
- Chaucer.
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.
v. t.1.To rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head.
[imp. & p. p. Pillowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pillowing.]
Pillows his chin upon an orient wave.
- Milton.

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