Pil"low (?), n. [OE. pilwe, AS. pyle, fr. L. pilvinus.]

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.

[R.]

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 [OE. pilwebere; cf. LG. bure a pillowcase], a pillowcase; pillow slip. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- 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. -- 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.

 

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Pil"low (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pillowed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pillowing.]

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

Pillows his chin upon an orient wave.
Milton.

 

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