1. A cloth case stuffed with something soft, such as down, feathers, or foam rubber, used to cushion a part of the body, especially the head during sleep.
2. A decorative cushion.
3. The pad on which bobbin lace is made.
v. pil·lowed, pil·low·ing, pil·lows
1. To rest (one's head) on or as if on a pillow.
2. To serve as a pillow for: Grass pillowed my head.
1. To rest on or as if on a pillow.
2. To assume the shape of a pillow.
[Middle English, from Old English pyle, pylu, pylw-, from West Germanic *pulwī, from Latin pulvīnus.]
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