|1.||a small spherical or ovoid mass of a medicinal substance, intended to be swallowed whole|
|2.||informal (sometimes capital) the pill an oral contraceptive|
|3.||something unpleasant that must be endured (esp in the phrase bitter pill to swallow)|
|4.||slang a ball or disc|
|5.||a small ball of matted fibres that forms on the surface of a fabric through rubbing|
|6.||slang an unpleasant or boring person|
|7.||(tr) to give pills to|
|8.||(tr) to make pills of|
|a. to form into small balls|
|b. (of a fabric) to form small balls of fibre on its surface through rubbing|
|10.||slang (tr) to blackball|
|[C15: from Middle Flemish pille, from Latin pilula a little ball, from pila ball]|
A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
An oral contraceptive.