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pile

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noun \ˈpī(-ə)l\

Definition of pile

  1. 1 :  a long slender column usually of timber, steel, or reinforced concrete driven into the ground to carry a vertical load

  2. 2 :  a wedge-shaped heraldic charge usually placed vertically with the broad end up

  3. 3 a :  a target-shooting arrowhead without cutting edges b [Latin pilum] :  an ancient Roman foot soldier's heavy javelin



Origin and Etymology 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


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pile

verb

Definition of pile

piled

piling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to drive piles into



15th Century

First Known Use of pile

15th century

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pile

verb

Definition of pile

piled

piling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay or place in a pile :  stack

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to form a pile or accumulation —usually used with up

  6. 2 :  to move or press forward in or as if in a mass :  crowd <piled into a car>



Origin and Etymology of pile

Middle English, from 4pile


First Known Use: 14th century


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pile

noun

Definition of pile

  1. 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. 2 :  a large building or group of buildings

  3. 3 :  a great amount of money :  fortune

  4. 4 :  reactor 3b



Origin and Etymology 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


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pile

noun

Definition of pile

  1. 1 :  a coat or surface of usually short close fine furry hairs

  2. 2 :  a velvety surface produced by an extra set of filling yarns that form raised loops which are cut and sheared

pileless

play \ˈpī(-ə)l-ləs\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of pile

Middle English, from Anglo-French peil, pil hair, coat with thick nap, from Latin pilus hair


First Known Use: 15th century


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pile

noun

Definition of pile

  1. 1 :  a single hemorrhoid

  2. 2 plural :  hemorrhoids



Origin and Etymology of pile

Middle English pilez, plural, from Medieval Latin pili, perhaps from Latin pila ball


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with pile



PILE Defined for Kids

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pile

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noun \ˈpīl\

Definition of pile for Students

  1. :  a large stake or pointed post (as of wood or steel) driven into the ground to support a foundation




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pile

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noun

Definition of pile for Students

  1. 1 :  a large number of things that are put one on top of another <a pile of stones>

  2. 2 :  a great amount <I have piles of work.>

  3. 3 :  reactor




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pile

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verb

Definition of pile for Students

piled

piling

  1. 1 :  to lay or place one on top of another :  stack <pile firewood>

  2. 2 :  to heap in large amounts <They piled a table with food.>

  3. 3 :  to move or push forward in a crowd or group <We piled into the car.>




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pile

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noun

Definition of pile for Students

  1. :  a soft surface of fine short raised threads or fibers <The rug has a thick pile.>




Medical Dictionary

pile

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noun \ˈpī(ə)l\

Medical Definition of pile

  1. 1:  a single hemorrhoid

  2. 2piles plural :  hemorrhoids; also :  the condition of one affected with hemorrhoids




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