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pill

1. a small spherical or ovoid mass of a medicinal substance, intended to be swallowed whole
2. the Informal an oral contraceptive
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Pill

 

a solid medicinal dosage form for internal use. Pills are globules of a homogeneous plastic substance that contains the medicine; they range in weight from 0.1 to 0.5 g. Since tablets, lozenges, and capsules are more convenient forms of medication, pills are rarely used in modern practice.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

What does it mean when you dream about a pill?

If the pill is a vitamin, then swallowing a pill in a dream might reflect a desire to take care of one’s health. Taking a pill can be a metaphor for accepting something unpleasant—”swallowing a bitter pill.” Pills could be a reference to “The Pill” used in birth control, and sometimes irritating people are referred to as “pills.”

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.

pill

[pil]
(electromagnetism)
A microwave stripline termination.
(pharmacology)
A small, solid dosage form of a globular, ovoid, or lenticular shape, containing one or more medicinal substances.
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References in classic literature ?
"Seems to me the pills are a good thing," said Omby Amby, who remembered how it used to make his head ache as a boy to study arithmetic.
"Young men in college always have to take their medicine, one way or another," observed the Wizard, with a smile; "and, as our Professor says, these School Pills have proved to be a great success.
"If we could use the pills at all we would make far better wishes than that."
"Directions for Use: Swallow one pill; count seventeen by twos; then make a Wish.
The very pills which I suspected in the case of Drebber are actually found after the death of Stangerson.
Of the two pills in that box one was of the most deadly poison, and the other was entirely harmless.
(price one and a penny halfpenny, government stamp included), that the same 'will be found highly salutary as a precautionary measure in connection with the pleasures of the table.' To whom, while sickly with the fancy of an insoluble pill sticking in his gullet, and also with the sensation of a deposit of warm gum languidly wandering within him a little lower down, a servant enters with the announcement that a lady wishes to speak with him.
The casket passed around the table, but it was more to examine the admirable emerald than to see the pills that it passed from hand to hand.
I am a tolerable chemist, and prepare my pills myself."
'Mamma, I am not well.' 'What is the matter, my pet?' 'I want a little Pill.' Title in the form of a Historical Anecdote: 'New Discovery in the Mine of English History.
Emboldened by the absence of any public scandal in connection with Noel Vanstone's marriage, or with the event of his death as announced in the newspaper obituary, the captain, roaming the eastern circuit, had ventured back to Aldborough a fortnight since, to establish an agency there for the sale of his wonderful Pill. No one had recognized him but the landlady of the hotel, who at once insisted on his entering the house and reading Kirke's letter to her husband.
Who had a better claim to send for the right doctor, and get the right nurse, when I was not here to cure you with my wonderful Pill? Gently!