- The definition of a pile is a mass of things lumped or stacked on top of each other.
An example of pile is a mound of clothes on top of a bed.
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- a mass of things heaped together; heap
- a heap of wood or other combustible material on which a corpse or sacrifice is burned
- a large building or group of buildings
- a large amount or number
- ☆ a lot of money; fortune
- Elec. a voltaic pile or any other similar device that produces an electric current; battery
- ☆ nuclear reactor
Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Classical Latin pila, pillar
- to put or set in a pile; heap up
- to cover with a pile; load
- to accumulate
- to crash, wreck, etc.
- to form a pile or heap
- to move in a mass; crowd: with in, into, out, on, off, etc.
- to crash (into)
- a soft, velvety, raised surface on a rug, fabric, etc., produced by making yarn loops on the body of the material and, often, shearing them
- soft, fine hair, as on wool, fur, etc.
Origin: Middle English pile, bird's down from Classical Latin pilus, hair from Indo-European base an unverified form pilo- from source Classical Latin pila, ball, Glassical Greek pilos, felt
- piled adjective
- a long, heavy timber or beam driven into the ground, sometimes under water, to support a bridge, dock, etc.
- any similar supporting member, as of concrete
- Heraldry a wedge-shaped bearing with the point usually downward
Origin: Middle English pil from OE, akin to German pfeil from West Germanic borrowing from Classical Latin pilum, javelin
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- A quantity of objects stacked or thrown together in a heap. See Synonyms at heap.
- Informal A large accumulation or quantity: a pile of trouble.
- Slang A large sum of money; a fortune: made their pile in the commodities market.
- A funeral pyre.
- A very large building or complex of buildings.
- A nuclear reactor.
- A voltaic pile.
- a. To place or lay in or as if in a pile or heap: piled books onto the table.b. To load (something) with a heap or pile: piled the table with books.
- To heap (something) in abundance: piled potato salad onto the plate.
- To form a heap or pile.
- To move in, out, or forward in a disorderly mass or group: pile into a bus; pile out of a car.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīla, pillar.
- A heavy beam of timber, concrete, or steel, driven into the earth as a foundation or support for a structure.
- Heraldry A wedge-shaped charge pointing downward.
- A Roman javelin.
- To drive piles into.
- To support with piles.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English pīl, shaft, stake, from Latin pīlum, spear, pestle.
- a. Cut or uncut loops of yarn forming the surface of certain fabrics, such as velvet, plush, and carpeting.b. The surface so formed.
- Soft fine hair, fur, or wool.
Origin: From Middle English piles, hair, plumage, probably from Middle Dutch pijl, fine hair, and Middle Low German pile, downy plumage, both from Latin pilus, hair.
- piled piled adjective
pile - Medical Definition