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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pile \Pile\, noun [L. pilus hair. Cf. {Peruke}.]

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. (Zool.) A covering of hair or fur.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pile \Pile\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Piled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Piling}.]

1. 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. "Hills piled on hills." --Dryden. "Life piled on life." --Tennyson.

The labor of an age in piled stones. --Milton.

2. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.

{To pile arms} {To pile muskets} (Mil.), to place three guns together so that they may stand upright, supporting each other; to stack arms. Pileate

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pile \Pile\, verb (used with an object) To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.

{To sheet-pile}, to make sheet piling in or around. See {Sheet piling}, under 2nd {Piling}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pile \Pile\, noun [L. pilum javelin. See {Pile} a stake.] The head of an arrow or spear. [Obs.] --Chapman.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pile \Pile\, noun [AS. p[imac]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.]

1. 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.

Note: Tubular iron piles are now much used.

2. [Cf. F. pile.] (Her.) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.

{Pile bridge}, a bridge of which the roadway is supported on piles.

{Pile cap}, a beam resting upon and connecting the heads of piles.

{Pile driver}, or {Pile engine}, an apparatus for driving down piles, consisting usually of a high frame, with suitable appliances for raising to a height (by animal or steam power, the explosion of gunpowder, etc.) a heavy mass of iron, which falls upon the pile.

{Pile dwelling}. See {Lake dwelling}, under {Lake}.

{Pile plank} (Hydraul. Eng.), a thick plank used as a pile in sheet piling. See {Sheet piling}, under {Piling}.

{Pneumatic pile}. See under {Pneumatic}.

{Screw pile}, one with a screw at the lower end, and sunk by rotation aided by pressure.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pile \Pile\, noun [F. pile, L. pila a pillar, a pier or mole of stone. Cf. {Pillar}.]

1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.

2. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.

3. A funeral pile; a pyre. --Dryden.

4. A large building, or mass of buildings.

The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight. --Dryden.

5. (Iron Manuf.) Same as {Fagot}, noun, 2.

6. (Elec.) 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}.

Note: The term is sometimes applied to other forms of apparatus designed to produce a current of electricity, or as synonymous with battery; as, for instance, to an apparatus for generating a current of electricity by the action of heat, usually called a thermopile.

7. [F. pile pile, an engraved die, L. pila a pillar.] The reverse of a coin. See {Reverse}.

{Cross and pile}. See under {Cross}.

{Dry pile}. See under {Dry}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Piles \Piles\, noun pl. [L. pila a ball. Cf. {Pill} a medicine.] (Med.) The small, troublesome tumors or swellings about the anus and lower part of the rectum which are technically called {hemorrhoids}. See {Hemorrhoids}.

Note: [The singular {pile} is sometimes used.]

{Blind piles}, hemorrhoids which do not bleed.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a collection of objects laid on top of each other [syn: {pile}, {heap}, {mound}, {agglomerate}, {cumulation}, {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"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money" [syn: {batch}, {deal}, {flock}, {good deal}, {great deal}, {hatful}, {heap}, {lot}, {mass}, {mess}, {mickle}, {mint}, {mountain}, {muckle}, {passel}, {peck}, {pile}, {plenty}, {pot}, {quite a little}, {raft}, {sight}, {slew}, {spate}, {stack}, {tidy sum}, {wad}]

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: {pile}, {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}, {pile}]

5: battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta [syn: {voltaic pile}, {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: {pile}, {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: {pile}, {nap}]

8: a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy [syn: {atomic pile}, {atomic reactor}, {pile}, {chain reactor}]


1: arrange in stacks; "heap firewood around the fireplace"; "stack your books up on the shelves" [syn: {stack}, {pile}, {heap}]

2: press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium" [syn: {throng}, {mob}, {pack}, {pile}, {jam}]

3: place or lay as if in a pile; "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"

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