- piles collectively
- a structure of piles
- The act of driving piles.
- Piles considered as a group.
- A structure composed of piles.
- A structural support comprised of a length of wood, steel, or other construction material.
- The act of heaping up.
- (ironworking) The process of building up, heating, and working fagots or piles, to form bars, etc.
- Present participle of pile.
Variant of pile
- 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 of pileMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin pila, pillar
transitive verbpiled, piling
- 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)