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pile

  
[1]  
      n  
1    a collection of objects laid on top of one another or of other material stacked vertically; heap; mound  
2    Informal   a large amount of money (esp. in the phrase make a pile)  
3    often pl  
Informal   a large amount  
a pile of work     
4       a less common word for       pyre  
5    a large building or group of buildings  
6       short for       voltaic pile  
7      (Physics)   a structure of uranium and a moderator used for producing atomic energy; nuclear reactor  
8      (Metallurgy)   an arrangement of wrought-iron bars that are to be heated and worked into a single bar  
9    the point of an arrow  
      vb  
10    often foll by: up   to collect or be collected into or as if into a pile  
snow piled up in the drive     
11    intr; foll by: in, into, off, out, etc.   to move in a group, esp. in a hurried or disorganized manner  
to pile off the bus     
12    pile arms   to prop a number of rifles together, muzzles together and upwards, butts forming the base  
13    pile it on  
Informal   to exaggerate,   (See also)        pile up  
     (C15: via Old French from Latin pila stone pier)  
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pile, pile, pile, atomic pile

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
term referring to a pile of clothes left on a chair
[Slang]
n.
informal term used for describing a pile of clothes left on the floor
[Slang]

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