pile

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1pile

noun \ˈpī(-ə)l\

Definition of PILE

1
:  a long slender column usually of timber, steel, or reinforced concrete driven into the ground to carry a vertical load
2
:  a wedge-shaped heraldic charge usually placed vertically with the broad end up
3
a :  a target-shooting arrowhead without cutting edges
b [Latin pilum] :  an ancient Roman foot soldier's heavy javelin

Origin of PILE

Middle English, dart, quill, pole driven into the ground, from Old English pīl, from Latin pilum javelin
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

2pile

transitive verb
piledpil·ing

Definition of PILE

:  to drive piles into

First Known Use of PILE

15th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

Rhymes with PILE

3pile

verb
piledpil·ing

Definition of PILE

transitive verb
1
:  to lay or place in a pile :  stack
2
a :  to heap in abundance :  load <piled potatoes on his plate>
b :  to collect little by little into a mass —usually used with up
intransitive verb
1
:  to form a pile or accumulation —usually used with up
2
:  to move or press forward in or as if in a mass :  crowd <piled into a car>

Origin of PILE

Middle English, from 4pile
First Known Use: 14th century

4pile

noun

Definition of PILE

1
a (1) :  a quantity of things heaped together (2) :  a heap of wood for burning a corpse or a sacrifice
b :  any great number or quantity :  lot
2
:  a large building or group of buildings
3
:  a great amount of money :  fortune
4
:  reactor 3b

Origin of PILE

Middle English pier of a bridge, stack, heap, from Middle French pille pier of a bridge, from Latin pila pillar
First Known Use: 15th century

5pile

noun

Definition of PILE

1
:  a coat or surface of usually short close fine furry hairs
2
:  a velvety surface produced by an extra set of filling yarns that form raised loops which are cut and sheared
pile·less \ˈpī(-ə)l-ləs\ adjective

Origin of PILE

Middle English, from Anglo-French peil, pil hair, coat with thick nap, from Latin pilus hair
First Known Use: 15th century

6pile

noun

Definition of PILE

1
:  a single hemorrhoid
2
plural :  hemorrhoids

Origin of PILE

Middle English pilez, plural, from Medieval Latin pili, perhaps from Latin pila ball
First Known Use: 15th century

pile

noun \ˈpī(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PILE

1
: a single hemorrhoid
2
piles pl : hemorrhoids; also : the condition of one affected with hemorrhoids

pile

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In building construction, a postlike foundation member used from prehistoric times. Piles transfer building loads down to a suitable bearing stratum when the soil mass immediately below a construction is unsuitable for the direct bearing of footings (see foundation). Piles support loads either by bearing directly on rock or suitable soil or by developing friction along their very ample length. In modern civil engineering, piles of timber, steel, or concrete are driven into the ground to support a structure; bridge piers and building foundations may be supported on groups of piles.

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