• My peaceful pillow at Miss Plankses
    My peaceful pillow at Miss Plankses
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pillow rest on or as if on a pillow "pillow your head"
    • n pillow a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Eberhard asleep under a tree, his head pillowed on the lap of another man Eberhard asleep under a tree, his head pillowed on the lap of another man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australian Graham Barker extracted his own belly button fluff every day for 18 years acquiring a record-breaking amount of fluff. He hopes to accumulate enough fluff to stuff a pillow
    • Pillow (Naut) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
    • Pillow A kind of plain, coarse fustian.
    • Pillow (Mach) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
    • Pillow 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."
    • v. t Pillow To rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head. "Pillows his chin upon an orient wave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
    • n pillow A head-rest used by a person reclining; specifically, a soft elastic cushion filled with down, feathers, curled hair, or other yielding material, used to support the head during repose. In India, China, Japan, and other warm countries of the East a light bamboo or ratan frame with a slightly concave or crescent-shaped top is used as a pillow.
    • n pillow A block or support resembling such a cushion in form or use. Nautical, the block on which the inner end of a bowsprit is supported.
    • n pillow A kind of plain fustian.
    • pillow To rest or place on or as on a pillow for support.
    • pillow To rest the head on or as on a pillow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 5,840 people with pillow related injuries checked into U.S. emergency rooms in 1992.
    • n Pillow pil′ō a cushion filled with feathers, &c., for resting the head on: any cushion: a block of metal for bearing the end of a shaft, or the end of a bowsprit: the socket of a pivot
    • v.t Pillow to lay or rest on for support
    • v.i Pillow to rest the head on a pillow
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  • William Cowper
    “The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “A clear conscience is a soft pillow.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.”
  • John Weitz
    John Weitz
    “When a woman dresses up for an occasion, the man should become the black velvet pillow for the jewel.”
  • Confucius
    “With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.”
  • Saying
    “No pillows so soft as God's Promise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pilwe, AS. pyle, fr. L. pilvinus,


In literature:

And, after a while, she turned on her pillow part way toward him.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Each bedroom had its bureau with bedstead to match, and the one downstairs had ruffled pillow-shams.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The pillow, in a cotton pillow-case, also much crumpled, was dragging on the floor.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Then Jane Nettles would push her down again on her pillow roughly, and threaten to call mamma if she wasn't good directly.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
He lay back on his pillow, his fingers relaxed upon the gun.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Marilla leaned her head back on the pillow.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Shake up your pillows and put them on a chair near the window.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Sophia pressed her head back against the pillow and screamed with pleasure.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
General Pillow feels very well.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Mrs. Bray, while she lay tumbled among the pillows, and before lifting her, read the message hastily.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

The restlessness that cannot sleep,
Secures a peaceful pillow there;
The woes that waste, the thoughts that weep,
May find a shelter from despair.
"Religious Comfort" by John Bowring
But oh, what cleansings and what fears,
What countless raisings from the dead,
Ere I could see Her, touched with tears,
Pillow the little weary head.
"How Much Of Godhood" by Louis Untermeyer
Pillow where lying, love rests its head,
Peace of the dying, life of the dead:
Path of the lowly, prize at the end,
Breath of the holy, Savior and Friend!
"Rest of the Weary" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell
He laid him down and closed his eyes;…
But soon a scream made him arise,
He started and saw two eyes of flame
On his pillow from whence the screaming came.
"God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop" by Robert Southey
Fair to see was the pillow of horn,
And fair the bed-chamber's adorning;
But the man of my heart is not here, and I mourn
All alone, and wait for the morning.
"A Wife Mourns For Her Husband" by Confucius
There was no peace on pillow or on throne.
In dreams the toothless, dwarfed, and squinny-eyed
Started a joyful rumor that he had died
…….Unfriended and alone.
"Saul And David" by Anthony Hecht

In news:

Expert testifies blood, saliva found on two-year-old Bianca Jones pillow.
How do you say pillow in Portuguese.
The instruction booklet that came with my new pillow lists the Portuguese word as "almofada".
Pillow in French is "oreiller".
Cuddledown 450 Thread Count Sateen Luxury Synthetic Fill Pillow.
A scarf pillow from Hermes by Tshuka, $1,375.
Auburn, NY – An Auburn woman who had been involved in a domestic dispute with a father was accused this morning of trying to smother his 2-year-old daughter with a pillow, Auburn police said.
Court documents say that his wife, Tammy Atkins, claimed he attempted to smother her with a pillow and grabbed her by the face to throw her down the hallway.
Franklin man tried to smother wife with pillow.
Rodney Atkins Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Smother Wife With Pillow.
According to Taste of Country.com, Rodney Atkins was arrested on November 21st for domestic assault, in what allegedly resulted from Atkins trying to smother his wife with a pillow and throwing her down a hallway.
Defense expert in George Huguely trial: Yeardley Love probably smothered in her pillow.
The pillow was designed by doctors for their own patients to improve breathing and reduce snoring by positioning the sleeper on his or her side and aligning the jaw with an unobstructed breathing channel.
Pillow designed for the single girl in need of some manly comfort.
The child is sitting up in bed, propped against pillows.

In science:

However, the proofs are simple: the key idea is that, throughout the intermediate stages of each move, we never crush an edge, flatten a bigon or flatten a triangular pillow whose bounding vertices, edges or faces respectively are either identified or both in the boundary.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
To ensure that these moves do not change the underlying 3-manifold, the following conditions are sufficient: • For the 2-0 vertex move, the two faces that bound the pillow must be distinct (i.e., not identified) and not both simultaneously in the boundary.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
In essence, condition (3) ensures that we never flatten a chain of bigons whose outermost edges are both identified or both boundary, and condition (4) ensures that we never flatten a chain of triangular pillows whose outermost faces are both identified or both boundary.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
If a triangulation is not 0-efficient, then we can use Jaco and Rubinstein’s “destructive crushing” procedure : we crush the non-trivial sphere to a point, and then collapse away any degenerate non-tetrahedron pieces (such as footballs, pillows and so on) to become edges and faces, as illustrated in Figure 8.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
This results in a new cell complex built from tetrahedra, footballs and/or pillows, as illustrated in Figure 7.
A fast branching algorithm for unknot recognition with experimental polynomial-time behaviour