heap

noun
\ ˈhēp How to pronounce heap (audio) \

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

Like many journalists, Vinod Kapri starts his day by scrolling through Twitter, but a disturbing video of a newborn girl left abandoned on a garbage heap brought him to tears. Drew Kann, CNN, "Legos help a turtle walk, puppy dog eyes and waves in the sky," 22 June 2019 The site of a gun club for nearly 30 years, the marsh underwent an extensive clean up that removed 243 tons of lead shot and heaps of trash. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "For some Mississippi River cities, there are only 2 choices — adapt or move: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Every year, the Gooble Gobble food team heaps pulled barbecue turkey on the cheesiest mac and cheese. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 2018 Speaking of summer: Now is the time to make pesto, while big bunches of basil may be found in picturesque, fragrant heaps at the farmers market. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "The perfection of pesto: a public service announcement," 18 July 2018 At the top of the heap, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are legitimate MVP candidates. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball rankings, strategies for AL hitters," 19 Mar. 2018 Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort and Gen. [Michael] Flynn are going to jail, but not the star at the top of the heap, right? Constance Grady, Vox, "Jim DeRogatis broke the R. Kelly story in 2000. Now he’s compiled a damning case against Kelly.," 5 June 2019 Five engines will be available at first, with the 116-hp diesel 116d at the bottom of the heap. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The New BMW 1-Series Is a FWD-Based Hot Hatchback with 302 HP," 28 May 2019 Those haven’t budged from their position at the top of the heap since the original 2005 report. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Volcanologists just ranked the most threatening volcanoes in the United States," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Four years later, few besides Norcross have heaped such praise on Holtec. Susan Schmidt, ProPublica, "Meet the Congressman Defending Questionable Tax Breaks for a Company Connected to His Rich Brother," 2 July 2019 Democrats across Colorado privately heaped praise on Hickenlooper’s new campaign manager, M.E. Smith, who previously helped him win re-election as governor in 2014. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper’s presidential run in doubt after staff exodus, low donor numbers," 2 July 2019 Huge black plumes waft from power plants, and smoke drifts too from the chimneys of apartment buildings, supermarkets, and schools where maintenance men heap coal into big boilers. Beth Gardiner, National Geographic, "Kids suffer most in one of Earth's most polluted cities," 26 Mar. 2019 But perhaps the malediction presently heaped upon them will give them pause in the future. Winston Groom, WSJ, "Unsavory Allies, From Stalin to the Saudis," 4 Dec. 2018 Minutes removed from his best postseason run of all time, McDonnell took the credit away from himself and heaped it on his players. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "'We'll be back': Louisville came up short in College World Series but expects return," 22 June 2019 For all the admiration heaped on Barragán and his artistry, there's no emotional heft or connection to any of the art or artists represented on screen. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In 'The Proposal,’ filmmaker seeks to free the work of a renowned Mexican architect," 19 June 2019 Even his supporters begged for forgiveness and heaped blame on their former boss. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 Demonstrators carried lilies and baby’s breath and heaped the flowers at a makeshift memorial. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Hong Kong Throngs as Beijing Retreats," 16 June 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce heap (audio) \

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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