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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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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.


A microwave stripline termination.
A small, solid dosage form of a globular, ovoid, or lenticular shape, containing one or more medicinal substances.
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George Osborne thinks he can sweeten the pill and build up an election war-chest, by offering shares to the public.
To sweeten the pill he also announced that child benefits worth up to pounds 2,500 a year for families with three children will be axed if one parent is in the top 40 per cent tax band.
For most people only the following limited time only deal will sweeten the pill: Better conversations.
He went on: "There will be attempts to sweeten the pill, but it is difficult to conceive of measures that can mitigate the environmental effect of increasing flights out of Heathrow, over one of the most densely populated parts of England, by 50%."
Warwickshire hope to sweeten the pill by providing Junior Bears members a free Warwickshire shirt and will offer other incentives such as discounted international tickets and tickets for friends for butI games in st attempt to soften the blow of the price rises.
She attempted to sweeten the pill by announcing that areas dropping off the map would benefit from a new grant aid scheme, but only for firms of up to 250 people.
It's always galling when our politicians sweeten the pill by telling us that what they are doing is in the public good - rather than yet another cynical attempt to raise Government revenues.
And the former shadow Scots Secretary tried to sweeten the pill by suggesting that international games could be played at venues round the country with "Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh all getting a share".
Some observers think that the timing of the two moves is not by chance and regard the aviation' decision as a way to sweeten the pill for the Commission's decision to freeze EU funding earmarked for Bulgaria.
Except this is a true story, so we can relax from the start, knowing that there is a happy ever after to sweeten the pill of his suffering.
Ever since privatisation, which brought a brief price freeze to sweeten the pill, prices on the railways have been creeping upwards, with those who travel on a whim being punished with what are often ludicrous charges.