Definitions of pile

  1. To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
  2. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  3. 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.
  4. To throw into a heap; to collect and arrange; as, to pile bricks; accumulate or collect; as, to pile up wealth; build; drive beams into.
  5. To lay in a pile or heap: to collect in a mass: to heap up: to fill above the brim.
  6. To gather into a pile; accumulate; amass.
  7. To form a mass or heap; collect.
  8. To drive piles into.
  9. press tightly together or cram; " The crowd packed the auditorium"
  10. place or lay as if in a pile; " The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
  11. To lay in a heap or pile; to collect together; to amass.
  12. To collect or gather together in a heap; to accumulate; to fill above the brim or top.
  13. a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  14. the yarn ( as in a rug or velvet) that stands up from the weave
  15. informal: a large sum of money
  16. 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"
  17. fine soft dense hair ( as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
  18. a large sum of money ( especially as pay or profit); " she made a bundle selling real estate"; " they sank megabucks into their new house"
  19. A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet.
  20. A covering of hair or fur.
  21. The head of an arrow or spear.
  22. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, 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.
  23. One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  24. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
  25. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  26. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  27. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  28. Same as Fagot, n., 2.
  29. 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.
  30. The reverse of a coin. See Reverse.
  31. A large beam driven into the ground to make a firm foundation; a mass or heap; as, a pile of sand; colloquially, a great quantity; a collection; a large building; nap of cloth.
  32. A roundish mass: a heap: combustibles for burning, esp. dead bodies: a large building: a heap of shot or shell: ( electricity) a form of battery.
  33. A hairy surface: the nap on cloth.
  34. A heap; large building; large stake driven into the earth.
  35. A quantity heaped together; a heap.
  36. Any great structure.
  37. A heavy timber driven into the earth to form a foundation.
  38. A massive building.
  39. Hair collectively; fur; raised surface on velvet.
  40. A heap; a mass or collection of things piled up, or of combustibles for burning a dead body; a large building or an edifice; a series of plates so arranged as to produce a current.
  41. A large stake driven into the earth to support a building.
  42. The nap or fine hairy substance on the surface of cloth.
  43. A large stake or piece of timber driven into the earth to support the foundation of a building or the pier of a bridge; one side of a coin- so called from the punch used in stamping the figures; the arms side of a coin, as distinguished from the head, which was formerly marked by a cross, hence the term cross and pile, as a name for money; in her., one of the lesser ordinaries having the form of a wedge.
  44. A large building or mass of buildings; a heap of a roundish elevated form; a heap; an accumulation.
  45. Hairy surface; nap.
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