Pile Definition

pīl
piled, piles, piling
noun
piles
A mass of things heaped together; heap.
Webster's New World
A large accumulation or quantity.
A pile of work to do.
American Heritage
A heap of wood or other combustible material on which a corpse or sacrifice is burned.
Webster's New World
A large amount or number.
Webster's New World
A large building or group of buildings.
Webster's New World
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verb
piled, piles, piling
To put or set in a pile; heap up.
Webster's New World
To cover with a pile; load.
Webster's New World
To form a pile or heap.
Webster's New World
To drive piles into.
Webster's New World
To add or increase to abundance or to a point of burdensomeness.
Piled homework on the students.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Pile

Noun

Singular:
pile
Plural:
piles

Origin of Pile

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English pīl shaft, stake from Latin pīlum spear, pestle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pīla pillar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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