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Meaning & Definition of Pile in English

English

Pile

/paɪl/

noun

1. A collection of objects laid on top of each other

    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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)

    synonym:
  • down
  • ,
  • pile

5. Battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series

  • The earliest electric battery devised by volta
    synonym:
  • 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

    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • pile
  • ,
  • nap

8. A nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy

    synonym:
  • atomic pile
  • ,
  • atomic reactor
  • ,
  • pile
  • ,
  • chain reactor

verb

1. Arrange in stacks

  • "Heap firewood around the fireplace"
  • "Stack your books up on the shelves"
    synonym:
  • stack
  • ,
  • pile
  • ,
  • heap

2. Press tightly together or cram

  • "The crowd packed the auditorium"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • pile

Examples of using

The firemen were prevented from reaching the woman trapped in her house, because of the huge pile of junk she had accumulated over many years.
There's a pile of letters on my desk that I have to answer.
Examine the pile of documents in advance.