heap

noun
\ ˈhēp \

Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a collection of things thrown one on another : pile
2 : a great number or large quantity : lot

heap

verb
heaped; heaping; heaps

Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to accord or bestow lavishly or in large quantities heaped honors upon them

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Examples of heap in a Sentence

Noun

He dumped the grass clippings into the compost heap. a heap of old newspapers She left her dirty clothes in a heap on the floor. He's in a heap of trouble! I can't believe he's still driving that old heap.

Verb

the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot heaped the stones in a corner of the yard
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the event, Prime Minister Arden offered Meghan heaps of praise. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Recycles a Navy Dress For Her Final Formal Occasion on the Royal Tour," 30 Oct. 2018 Aerial photos of the main building showed only heaps of rubble and ashes in the parts of the building where the roof collapsed. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Seattle Times, "Researchers hope some objects survived Brazil museum fire," 4 Sep. 2018 Instead, the keeper got his feet in a tangle and ended up in a heap on the floor, presenting Benzema with an open net. Thomas Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Benzema scores twice against Bayern to send Real into Champions League final," 1 May 2018 Rome Michelangelo’s perfectly proportioned Piazza del Campidoglio, home to Rome’s City Hall, puts you at the top of history’s most remarkable junk heap—the glorious if crumbling marble arches and columns of the Roman Forum. William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 That means creating mountains of personal stuff in categorical heaps and owning up to mankind’s extraordinary ability to accumulate. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 As a specialist in Maya civilization, Rathje was well practiced in the study of middens, heaps of ancient rubbish that had provided his field with most of its knowledge about Mesoamerican culture. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 Best of all is morkovcha: a seemingly ordinary heap of julienne carrots, wholly in thrall to garlic and vinegar, with a dusky, snaking trail of cumin. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Cafe Dushanbe, a Chef Stays True to His Tajik Roots," 21 June 2018 What made Grosso's perhaps a tiny bit better than Tardelli's, perhaps, was the entire team joined him in a heap on the ground, safe in the knowledge that their place in the final was all but secured. SI.com, "6 of the Wildest Celebrations Ever Seen in Football," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ronson’s book itself was publicly shamed for heaping too much shame upon shamers. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 The result is Mark's Place, which serves heaping plates of high-quality Hawaiian faves such as chicken katsu, teriyaki beef, and chicken and beef stew. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "In Kauai, where to eat for cheap: 20 places to chow down for $20," 15 Apr. 2018 These were the sorts of meals involving heaping plates of pasta and red sauce in a restaurant festooned with clichés: murals of gondolas, peasants and putti, a soundtrack heavy with accordion and kitsch. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Wines of the week: 3 great bottles of Chianti," 5 Apr. 2018 Spoon a heaping ¼ cup Fontina over half of dough and form a well in the center. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Breakfast Calzones," 23 Apr. 2018 There is a case for lightening the regulatory burden that post-crisis regulations heaped on community banks. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Democratic Party Is Moving Left – Except When You’re Not Looking," 11 Mar. 2018 Spoon a heaping 1⁄4 cup of grits into the center of each of 6 large bowls. John Besh, House Beautiful, "Shrimp and Andouille Over Grits Warms You Right Up," 17 Nov. 2015 The West has heaped political pressure on Russia in recent days to release the ships and crew. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Ukraine Threatens to Escalate Russia Standoff After Ship Detentions," 30 Nov. 2018 Ivan Rakitic has heaped praise on his Croatia teammate and skipper Luka Modric, insisting the Real Madrid midfielder should be awarded the Ballon d'Or following yet another sensational season for club and country. SI.com, "Barcelona Midfielder Insists Real Madrid Star Should Be Awarded Ballon d'Or After Amazing Season," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of heap

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for heap

Noun

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

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More Definitions for heap

heap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large, disordered pile of things
informal : a great number or large amount of something
informal : an old car that is in poor condition

heap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

heap

noun
\ ˈhēp \

Kids Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large messy pile His dirty clothes were in a heap.
2 : a large number or amount We had heaps of fun.

heap

verb
heaped; heaping

Kids Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make into a pile : throw or lay in a heap
2 : to provide in large amounts Praise was heaped on the cook.
3 : to fill to capacity He heaped a plate with food.

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