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]
1 arrange in stacks; "heap firewood around the fireplace"; "stack your books up on the shelves" [syn: stack, heap]
3 place or lay as if in a pile; "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
Most definitions taken from the public domain 1913 US Webster’s Unabridged dictionary
- Rhymes: -aɪl
- 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
- A covering of hair or fur.
- 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.
- The head of an arrow or spear.
- One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
- A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones;
a pile of wood.
- 1889, Haggard, Cleopatra:
- I climbed through, and, standing on a pile of stones, lifted and dragged Cleopatra after me. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Cleopatra_%28Haggard%29/Book_II/Chapter_XI
- 1889, Haggard, Cleopatra:
- A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
- A funeral pile; a pyre.
- A large building, or mass of buildings.
- 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.
- 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.
- The reverse (or tails) of a coin. (Obs)
- A hemorrhoid (usually it is in plural)
- To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
- 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.
- To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
- To add something to a great number.
- (of vehicles) To create a hold up.
- A structure supported on piled foundations
Pile may refer to:
- Pile foundation, type of deep foundation
- Pile (textile), fabric with raised surface made of upright loops or strands of yarn
- Nuclear pile, early term for a nuclear reactor, typically one constructed of graphite
- Pile, an ordinary in hearaldry, a downward-pointing triangle
- Voltaic pile, first modern electric battery
- General Sir Frederick Alfred Pile, 2nd Baronet
- Pile (data structure)
pile in French: Pile
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