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Dictionary Definition

pile

Noun

1 a collection of objects laid on top of each other [syn: heap, mound, cumulus]
2 (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
3 a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit); "she made a bundle selling real estate"; "they sank megabucks into their new house" [syn: bundle, big bucks, megabucks, big money]
4 fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs) [syn: down]
5 battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta [syn: voltaic pile, galvanic pile]
6 a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure [syn: spile, piling, stilt]
7 the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave; "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction" [syn: nap]
8 a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy [syn: atomic pile, atomic reactor, chain reactor]

Verb

1 arrange in stacks; "heap firewood around the fireplace"; "stack your books up on the shelves" [syn: stack, heap]
2 press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium" [syn: throng, mob, pack, jam]
3 place or lay as if in a pile; "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Most definitions taken from the public domain 1913 US Webster’s Unabridged dictionary

Pronunciation

Noun

pile
  1. A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet.
    Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile. —Cowper
  2. A covering of hair or fur.
  3. A large stake, or piece of timber, steel section pointed and driven into the earth or drilled and cast reinforced concrete, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
  4. The head of an arrow or spear.
  5. One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  6. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
  7. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  8. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  9. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  10. A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a fagot.
  11. A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; — commonly called Volta’s pile, voltaic pile, or galvanic pile.
  12. The reverse (or tails) of a coin. (Obs)
  13. A hemorrhoid (usually it is in plural)

Translations

carpet
hair
pillar
heap
battery
coin
hemorrhoid

Verb

  1. To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
  2. To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; — often with up; as, to pile up wood.
  3. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  4. To add something to a great number.
  5. (of vehicles) To create a hold up.
  6. A structure supported on piled foundations

Related terms

Bosnian

Noun

  1. chick

Croatian

Noun

  1. chick

Declension

French

Etymology

Latin pila

Pronunciation

Noun

pile
  1. heap
  2. pillar
  3. battery
  4. tail of a coin

Serbian

Noun

  1. chick

Extensive Definition

Pile may refer to:
Piles can refer to:
pile in French: Pile

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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