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pile - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'pile' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Pile [ n.]
- A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet.
- A covering of hair or fur.
- The head of an arrow or spear.
- 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.
- 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.
- A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
- A funeral pile; a pyre.
- A large building, or mass of buildings.
- Same as Fagot, n., 2.
- 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 of a coin. See Reverse.
2 . Pile [ v. t.]
- 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.

Meaning of 'pile' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . pile [ n]
Meaning (1):
- (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
Example in sentence:
  • a batch of letters;
  • a deal of trouble;
  • a lot of money;
  • a slew of journalists;
  • a wad of money;
  • he made a mint on the stock market;
  • it must have cost plenty;
  • see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
Meaning (2):
- the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave
Example in sentence:
  • for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction
Meaning (3):
- a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
Example in sentence:
  • she made a bundle selling real estate;
  • they sank megabucks into their new house
4 . pile [ v]
Meaning (4):
- arrange in stacks
Example in sentence:
  • heap firewood around the fireplace;
  • stack your books up on the shelves
Meaning (5):
- press tightly together or cram
Example in sentence:
  • The crowd packed the auditorium
Meaning (6):
- place or lay as if in a pile
Example in sentence:
  • The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested