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      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          [2]  
      n  
1    a long column of timber, concrete, or steel that is driven into the ground to provide a foundation for a structure  
2      (Heraldry)   an ordinary shaped like a wedge, usually displayed point-downwards  
      vb   tr  
3    to drive (piles) into the ground  
4    to provide or support (a structure) with piles  
     (Old English pil, from Latin pilum)  

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pile          [3]  
      n  
1      (Textiles)  
a    the yarns in a fabric that stand up or out from the weave, as in carpeting, velvet, etc.  
b    one of these yarns  
2    soft fine hair, fur, wool, etc.  
     (C15: from Anglo-Norman pyle, from Latin pilus hair)  

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voltaic pile  
      n   an early form of battery consisting of a pile of paired plates of dissimilar metals, such as zinc and copper, each pair being separated from the next by a pad moistened with an electrolyte,   (Also called)    pile, galvanic pile, Voltas pile         


atomic pile  
      n      the original name for a       nuclear reactor  
bearing pile  
      n   a foundation pile that supports weight vertically  
   Compare       sheet pile  
fender pile  
      n   an upright pile driven into the sea bed or a riverbed beside a berth to protect the dock wall or wharf from the impact of vessels  
galvanic pile  
      n      another name for        voltaic pile         
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)  
pile          [2]  
      n  
1    a long column of timber, concrete, or steel that is driven into the ground to provide a foundation for a structure  
2      (Heraldry)   an ordinary shaped like a wedge, usually displayed point-downwards  
      vb   tr  
3    to drive (piles) into the ground  
4    to provide or support (a structure) with piles  
     (Old English pil, from Latin pilum)  
pile          [3]  
      n  
1      (Textiles)  
a    the yarns in a fabric that stand up or out from the weave, as in carpeting, velvet, etc.  
b    one of these yarns  
2    soft fine hair, fur, wool, etc.  
     (C15: from Anglo-Norman pyle, from Latin pilus hair)  
pile-driver  
      n  
1    a machine that drives piles into the ground either by repeatedly allowing a heavy weight to fall on the head of the pile or by using a steam hammer  
2    Informal   a forceful punch or kick  
pile shoe  
      n   an iron casting shaped to a point and fitted to a lower end of a wooden or concrete pile,   (Also called)    shoe  
pile up  
      vb   adv  
1    to gather or be gathered in a pile; accumulate         
2    Informal   to crash or cause to crash  
      n  
  pile-up  
3    Informal   a multiple collision of vehicles  
screw pile  
      n   a pile with a threaded tip that is screwed into the ground by a winch or capstan  
sheet pile  
      n     (Civil engineering)   one of a group of piles made of timber, steel, or prestressed concrete set close together to resist lateral pressure, as from earth or water  
   Compare       bearing pile  

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pile         

[

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      n  
1    accumulation, assemblage, assortment, collection, heap, hoard, mass, mound, mountain, rick, stack, stockpile  
2      (informal)   big bucks     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   big money, bomb     (Brit. slang)   fortune, megabucks     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   mint, money, packet     (slang)   pot, pretty penny     (informal)   tidy sum     (informal)   wad     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   wealth  
3      (often plural, informal)    a lot, great deal, ocean, oodles     (informal)   quantity, stacks  
4    building, edifice, erection, structure  
      vb  
5    accumulate, amass, assemble, collect, gather, heap, hoard, load up, mass, stack, store  
6    charge, crowd, crush, flock, flood, jam, pack, rush, stream  

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pile          [2]  
      n   beam, column, foundation, pier, piling, pillar, post, support, upright  

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pile          [3]  
      n   down, fibre, filament, fur, hair, nap, plush, shag, surface  

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