Pile meaning

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A funeral pyre.
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A quantity of objects stacked or thrown together in a heap.
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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 nuclear reactor.
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A voltaic pile.
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A very large building or complex of buildings.
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To add or increase to abundance or to a point of burdensomeness.

Piled homework on the students.

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A heavy beam of timber, concrete, or steel, driven into the earth as a foundation or support for a structure.
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(heraldry) A wedge-shaped charge pointing downward.
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A Roman javelin.
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(elec.) A voltaic pile or any other similar device that produces an electric current; battery.
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To put or set in a pile; heap up.
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To cover with a pile; load.
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To accumulate.
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To crash, wreck, etc.
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To form a pile or heap.
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To move in a mass; crowd.
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To crash (into)
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Any similar supporting member, as of concrete.
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(heraldry) A wedge-shaped bearing with the point usually downward.
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To drive piles into.
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To support or strengthen with piles.
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To form a heap or pile.
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To move in, out, or forward in a disorderly mass or group.

Pile into a bus; pile out of a car.

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To drive piles into.
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To support with piles.
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Soft fine hair, fur, or wool.
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A mass of things heaped together; heap.
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A heap of wood or other combustible material on which a corpse or sacrifice is burned.
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A large building or group of buildings.
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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.
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Soft, fine hair, as on wool, fur, etc.
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A long, heavy timber or beam driven into the ground, sometimes under water, to support a bridge, dock, etc.
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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