Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Pile-worn adjective Having the pile worn off; threadbare.

Pilewort noun (Botany) A plant ( Ranunculus Ficaria of Linnæus) whose tuberous roots have been used in poultices as a specific for the piles. Forsyth.

Pilfer intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pilfered ; present participle & verbal noun Pilfering .] [ Old French pelfrer . See Pelf .] To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.

Pilfer transitive verb To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little.

And not a year but pilfers as he goes
Some youthful grace that age would gladly keep.

Pilferer noun One who pilfers; a petty thief.

Pilfering adjective Thieving in a small way. Shak. -- noun Petty theft. -- Pil"fer*ing*ly , adverb

Pilfery noun Petty theft. [ R.] Sir T. North.

Pilgarlic noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] One who has lost his hair by disease; a sneaking fellow, or one who is hardly used.

Pilgrim noun [ Middle English pilgrim , pelgrim , pilegrim , pelegrim ; confer Dutch pelgrim , Old High German piligrīm , German pilger , French pèlerin , Italian pellegrino ; all from Latin peregrinus a foreigner, from pereger abroad; per through + ager land, field. See Per- , and Acre , and confer Pelerine , Peregrine .]
1. A wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger.

Strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrew xi. 13.

2. One who travels far, or in strange lands, to visit some holy place or shrine as a devotee; as, a pilgrim to Loretto; Canterbury pilgrims . See Palmer . P. Plowman.

Pilgrim adjective Of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making pilgrimages. "With pilgrim steps." Milton.

Pilgrim fathers , a name popularly given to the one hundred and two English colonists who landed from the Mayflower and made the first settlement in New England at Plymouth in 1620. They were separatists from the Church of England, and most of them had sojourned in Holland.

Pilgrim intransitive verb To journey; to wander; to ramble. [ R.] Grew. Carlyle.

Pilgrimage noun [ Middle English pilgrimage , pelgrinage ; confer French pèlerinage .]
1. The journey of a pilgrim; a long journey; especially, a journey to a shrine or other sacred place. Fig., the journey of human life. Shak.

The days of the years of my pilgrimage .
Gen. xlvii. 9.

2. A tedious and wearisome time.

In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage .

Syn. -- Journey; tour; excursion. See Journey .

Pilgrimize intransitive verb To wander as a pilgrim; to go on a pilgrimage. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Pilidium noun ; plural Pildia . [ New Latin , from Greek ..., dim. of ... a cap.] (Zoology) The free-swimming, hat-shaped larva of certain nemertean worms. It has no resemblance to its parent, and the young worm develops in its interior.

Pilifera noun plural [ New Latin See Piliferous .] (Zoology) Same as Mammalia .

Piliferous adjective [ Latin pilus hair + -ferous : confer French pilifère .]
1. Bearing a single slender bristle, or hair.

2. Beset with hairs.

Piliform adjective [ Latin pilus hair + -form .] (Botany) Resembling hairs or down.

Piligerous adjective [ Latin pilus hair + -gerous : confer French piligère .] Bearing hair; covered with hair or down; piliferous.

Piling noun [ See Pile a heap.]
1. The act of heaping up.

2. (Iron Manuf.) The process of building up, heating, and working, fagots, or piles, to form bars, etc.

Piling noun [ See Pile a stake.] A series of piles; piles considered collectively; as, the piling of a bridge.

Pug piling , sheet piles connected together at the edges by dovetailed tongues and grooves. -- Sheet piling , a series of piles made of planks or half logs driven edge to edge, -- used to form the walls of cofferdams, etc.

Pill noun [ Confer Peel skin, or Pillion .] The peel or skin. [ Obsolete] "Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills , as the locusts." Holland.

Pill intransitive verb To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.

Pill transitive verb [ Confer Latin pilare to deprive of hair, and English pill , noun (above).]
1. To deprive of hair; to make bald. [ Obsolete]

2. To peel; to make by removing the skin.

[ Jacob] pilled white streaks . . . in the rods.
Gen. xxx. 37.

Pill transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Pilled ; present participle & verbal noun Pilling .] [ French piller , Latin pilare ; confer Italian pigliare to take. Confer Peel to plunder.] To rob; to plunder; to pillage; to peel. See Peel , to plunder. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Pillers and robbers were come in to the field to pill and to rob.
Sir T. Malroy.

Pill noun [ French pilute , Latin pilula a pill, little ball, dim. of Latin pila a ball. Confer Piles .]
1. A medicine in the form of a little ball, or small round mass, to be swallowed whole.

2. Figuratively, something offensive or nauseous which must be accepted or endured. Udall.

Pill beetle (Zoology) , any small beetle of the genus Byrrhus , having a rounded body, with the head concealed beneath the thorax. -- Pill bug (Zoology) , any terrestrial isopod of the genus Armadillo , having the habit of rolling itself into a ball when disturbed. Called also pill wood louse .

Pillage noun [ French, from piller to plunder. See Pill to plunder.]
1. The act of pillaging; robbery. Shak.

2. That which is taken from another or others by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war; plunder; spoil; booty.

Which pillage they with merry march bring home.

Syn. -- Plunder; rapine; spoil; depredation. -- Pillage , Plunder . Pillage refers particularly to the act of stripping the sufferers of their goods, while plunder refers to the removal of the things thus taken; but the words are freely interchanged.

Pillage intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pillaged ; present participle & verbal noun Pillaging .] To strip of money or goods by open violence; to plunder; to spoil; to lay waste; as, to pillage the camp of an enemy.

Mummius . . . took, pillaged , and burnt their city.

Pillage intransitive verb To take spoil; to plunder; to ravage.

They were suffered to pillage wherever they went.

Pillager noun One who pillages. Pope.

Pillar noun [ Middle English piler French pilier , Late Latin pilare , pilarium , pilarius , from Latin pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]
1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament.

Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.
Gen. xxxv. 20.

The place . . . vast and proud,
Supported by a hundred pillars stood.

2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You are a well-deserving pillar ." Shak.

By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire.

3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church. [ Obsolete] Skelton.

4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.

From pillar to post , hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward and forward. [ Colloq.] -- Pillar saint . See Stylite . -- Pillars of the fauces . See Fauces , 1.

Pillar adjective (Machinery) Having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill.

Pillar-block noun See under Pillow .

Pillared adjective Supported or ornamented by pillars; resembling a pillar, or pillars. "The pillared arches." Sir W. Scott. " Pillared flame." Thomson.

Pillaret noun A little pillar. [ R.] Fuller.

Pillarist noun (Eccl. Hist.) See Stylite .

Pillau noun [ Persian & Turk. pilau .] An Oriental dish consisting of rice boiled with mutton, fat, or butter. [ Written also pilau .]

Pilled adjective [ See 3rd Pill .] Stripped of hair; scant of hair; bald. [ Obsolete] " Pilled beard." Chaucer.

Pilled-garlic noun See Pilgarlic .

Piller noun One who pills or plunders. [ Obsolete]

Pillery noun ; plural Pilleries Plunder; pillage. [ Obsolete] Daniel.

Pillion noun [ Ir. pillin , pilliun (akin to Gael. pillean , pillin ), from Ir. & Gael. pill , peall , a skin or hide, probably from Latin pellis . See Pell , noun , Fell skin.] A panel or cushion saddle; the under pad or cushion of saddle; esp., a pad or cushion put on behind a man's saddle, on which a woman may ride.

His [ a soldier's] shank pillion without stirrups.

Pillorize transitive verb To set in, or punish with, the pillory; to pillory. [ R.]

Pillory noun ; plural Pillories . [ French pilori ; confer Pr. espitlori , Late Latin piloricum , pilloricum , pellericum , pellorium , pilorium , spilorium ; perhaps from a derivative of Latin speculari to look around, observe. Confer Speculate .] A frame of adjustable boards erected on a post, and having holes through which the head and hands of an offender were thrust so as to be exposed in front of it. Shak.

Pillory transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pilloried ; present participle & verbal noun Pillorying .] [ Confer French pilorier .]
1. To set in, or punish with, the pillory. "Hungering for Puritans to pillory ." Macaulay.

2. Figuratively, to expose to public scorn. Gladstone.

Pillow noun [ Middle English pilwe , Anglo-Saxon pyle , from Latin pilvinus .]
1. 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.

2. (Machinery) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block. [ R.]

3. (Nautical) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.

4. A kind of plain, coarse fustian.

Lace pillow , a cushion used in making hand- wrought lace. -- Pillow bier [ Middle English pilwebere ; confer LG. büre a pillowcase], a pillowcase; pillow slip. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. -- Pillow block (Machinery) , a block, or standard, for supporting a journal, as of a shaft. It is usually bolted to the frame or foundation of a machine, and is often furnished with journal boxes, and a movable cover, or cap, for tightening the bearings by means of bolts; -- called also pillar block , or plumber block . -- Pillow lace , handmade lace wrought with bobbins upon a lace pillow. -- Pillow of a plow , a crosspiece of wood which serves to raise or lower the beam. -- Pillow sham , an ornamental covering laid over a pillow when not in use. -- Pillow slip , a pillowcase.

Pillow transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pillowed ; present participle & verbal noun Pillowing .] To rest or lay upon, or as upon, a pillow; to support; as, to pillow the head.

Pillows his chin upon an orient wave.

Pillow lace Lace made by hand with bobbins on a pillow.

Pillowcase noun A removable case or covering for a pillow, usually of white linen or cotton cloth.

Pillowed adjective Provided with a pillow or pillows; having the head resting on, or as on, a pillow.

Pillowed on buckler cold and hard.
Sir W. Scott.

Pillowy adjective Like a pillow. Keats.