Pill vs Nill - What's the difference?

pill | nill |


As nouns the difference between pill and nill

is that pill is a small, usually cylindrical object designed for easy swallowing, usually containing some sort of medication or pill can be the peel or skin or pill can be an inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay while nill is shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.

As verbs the difference between pill and nill

is that pill is (textiles) of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber or pill can be (label) to peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark while nill is to be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive ).

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pill

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) or (etyl) pille (whence (etyl) pil), probably from (etyl) pilula.

Noun

(en noun)
  • A small, usually cylindrical object designed for easy swallowing, usually containing some sort of medication.
  • * 1864 , Benjamin Ellis, The Medical Formulary [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC14843090&id=pHoMvHRmrlIC&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=%22take+two+pills%22&as_brr=1]
  • Take two pills every hour in the apyrexia of intermittent fever, until eight are taken.
  • (senseid) Contraceptive medication, usually in the form of a pill to be taken by a woman; an oral contraceptive pill.
  • Jane went on the pill when she left for college.
    She got pregnant one month after going off the pill .
  • * 1986 , Jurriaan Plesman, Getting Off the Hook: Treatment of Drug Addiction and Social Disorders Through Body and Mind :
  • Many specialists are requesting that this vitamin be included in all contraceptive pills, as women on the pill have a tendency to be depressed.
  • (slang) A comical or entertaining person.
  • (slang) A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1960
  • , author= , title=(Jeeves in the Offing) , section=chapter IV , passage=You see, he's egging Phyllis on to marry Wilbert Cream. [...] And when a man like that eggs, something has to give, especially when the girl's a pill like Phyllis, who always does what Daddy tells her.}}
  • * 2000 , Susan Isaacs, Shining Through [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0061030155&id=6_1FJWFEYGoC&pg=PA172&lpg=PA172&dq=%22a+real+pill%22&sig=RCUR5O3MhNXeq8rMOnx9-LR5Mfo]
  • Instead, I saw a woman in her mid-fifties, who was a real pill ; while all the others had managed a decent “So pleased,” or even a plain “Hello,” Ginger just inclined her head, as if she was doing a Queen Mary imitation.
  • (informal) A small piece of any substance, for example a ball of fibres formed on the surface of a textile by rubbing.
  • * 1999 , Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0060987561&id=LOYeA9GmrEwC&pg=PA201&lpg=PA201&dq=%22sweater+pills%22&sig=U11GOkTpfHlqyGyIdk7ZNZ0GNuI]
  • One sleeve, threadbare and loaded with what my mother called “sweater pills ,” hung halfway to the floor.
  • A baseball.
  • * 2002 , John Klima, Pitched Battle: 35 of Baseball's Greatest Duels from the Mound [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0786412038&id=G126RsLD3MsC&pg=PA44&lpg=PA44&dq=%22threw+the+pill%22&sig=NmyoxWN_bP5AHc9imVPMTxY7lvw]
  • Mr. Fisher contributed to the Sox effort when he threw the pill past second baseman Rath after Felsch hit him a comebacker.
  • (firearms) (informal) a bullet (projectile)
  • Synonyms
    * (small object for swallowing) tablet
    Derived terms
    * bitter pill to swallow * blue pill * chill pill * horse pill * morning-after pill * on the pill * pill beetle * pill bug * pill popper * red pill * sugar pill * pop pills

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
  • * 1997 , Jo Sharp, Knitted Sweater Style: Inspirations in Color [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1561581895&id=l5h-cGU5HUYC&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=sweater+pilling&sig=6gfLWBL1QHVQZmbSYhJ4oipm8Kc]
  • During processing, inferior short fibers (which can cause pilling and itching) are removed to enhance the natural softness of the yarn and to improve its wash-and-wear performance.
  • To form into the shape of a pill.
  • Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.
  • To medicate with pills.
  • She pills herself with all sorts of herbal medicines.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (label) To peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark.
  • To peel; to make by removing the skin.
  • *(Bible), (w) xxx. 37
  • *:[Jacob] pilled white streaksin the rods.
  • To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.
  • (label) To pillage; to despoil or impoverish.
  • *:
  • *:So syr Lucan departed for he was greuously wounded in many places And so as he yede he sawe and herkened by the mone lyght how that pyllars and robbers were comen in to the felde To pylle and robbe many a ful noble knyghte of brochys and bedys of many a good rynge & of many a ryche Iewel / and who that were not deed al oute
  • :(Spenser)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The peel or skin.
  • * Holland
  • Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills , as the locusts.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) . More at (l).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay.
  • ----

    nill

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) nillen, from (etyl) nillan, nellan, . Cognate with (etyl) nelle.

    Verb

  • To be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive ).
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , III.v:
  • *:I here auow thee neuer to forsake. / Ill weares he armes, that nill them vse for Ladies sake.
  • *1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The (Jerusalem Delivered) of (w), XII, lxi:
  • *:What I nill tell you ask (quoth she) in vain, / Nor mov'd by prayer, nor constrain'd by power.
  • To be unwilling.
  • *:
  • *:So the knight of Ireland armed him at all points,, and rode after a great pace, as much as his horse might go; and within a little space on a mountain he had a sight of Balin, and with a loud voice he cried, Abide, knight, for ye shall abide whether ye will or nill , and the shield that is to-fore you shall not help.
  • *:• :
  • *::Soo the knyght of Irelonde armed hym at al poyntes /and rode after a grete paas as moche as his hors myght goo / and within a lytel space on a montayne he had a syghte of Balyn / and with a lowde voys he cryed abyde knyght / for ye shal abyde whether ye will or nyll / and the sheld that is to fore you shalle not helpe
  • *1955 , , (The Lord of the Rings) (Appendices):
  • *:I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or I nill .
  • To reject, refuse, negate.
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , II.vii:
  • *:Certes (said he) I n’ill thine offred grace, / Ne to be made so happy do intend.
  • Derived terms
    * willy-nilly

    Etymology 2

    Compare Irish and Gaelic (neul) star, light. Compare (nebula).

    Noun

  • Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
  • Scales of hot iron from the forge.
  • (Knight)
    English auxiliary verbs