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heap

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noun \ˈhēp\

Simple Definition of heap

  • : a large, disordered pile of things

  • : a great number or large amount of something

  • : an old car that is in poor condition

Full Definition of heap

  1. 1 :  a collection of things thrown one on another :  pile

  2. 2 :  a great number or large quantity :  lot

Examples of heap

  1. He dumped the grass clippings into the compost heap.

  2. a heap of old newspapers

  3. She left her dirty clothes in a heap on the floor.

  4. He's in a heap of trouble!

  5. I can't believe he's still driving that old heap.



Origin of heap

Middle English heep, from Old English hēap; akin to Old High German houf heap


First Known Use: before 12th century


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heap

verb

Simple Definition of heap

  • : to put (something) in a large pile

  • : to put a pile or heap on or in (something)

  • : to give (something, such as praise, blame, etc.) in large amounts

Full Definition of heap

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to throw or lay in a heap :  pile or collect in great quantity <his sole object was to heap up riches> b :  to form or round into a heap <heaped the dirt into a mound> c :  to form a heap on :  load heavily <heap the plates with food>

  3. 2 :  to accord or bestow lavishly or in large quantities <heaped honors upon them>

Examples of heap

  1. <the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot>

  2. <heaped the stones in a corner of the yard>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of heap

before 12th century



HEAP Defined for Kids

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heap

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noun \ˈhēp\

Definition of heap

  1. 1 :  a large messy pile <His dirty clothes were in a heap.>

  2. 2 :  a large number or amount <We had heaps of fun.>




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heap

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verb

Definition of heap

heapedheap·ing

  1. 1 :  to make into a pile :  throw or lay in a heap

  2. 2 :  to provide in large amounts <Praise was heaped on the cook.>

  3. 3 :  to fill to capacity <He heaped a plate with food.>





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