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

Soon, the engineers will move from the bottom of Micron's Boise workplace heap to the top. David Staats, idahostatesman, "300 Micron engineers work in a 'trailer park.' Here's what Micron is doing about that.," 18 June 2018 Dump trucks motored around trash heaps and birds circled above under sweltering heat. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police search landfill for bag they say was dumped by man accused of killing 20-year-old woman," 18 June 2018 Trash heaps line the potholed streets of Edenville in central South Africa, where residents complain that municipal services have ground to a near halt, crime is rampant and jobs are scarce. Amogelang Mbatha, Bloomberg.com, "South African Towns Are Falling Apart," 15 June 2018 Speaking of compost, now is the time to start a pile, turn existing heaps and apply it as a side dressing. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Ladies and gentlemen, start your compost," 14 June 2018 Bearden had succumbed to hoarding tendencies, the family living among bags of trash and heaps of unwashed clothes. Martin Kuz, San Antonio Express-News, "After the hurricane, the storm within," 9 Apr. 2018 During discovery, a pre-trial procedure in America, for example, both sides exchange heaps of documents that must be combed through for evidence. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 As a junior Roach boosted his 3-point percentage from 28.4 percent to 36.4 percent on 47 more attempts, though for a dynamic playmaker capable of drawing heaps of fouls, his 71 of 109 (65.1 percent) showing at the free throw line was an eyesore. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Roach’s return key for Longhorns," 12 July 2018 The allegations have landed the university in a heap of legal trouble, drawing numerous lawsuits and a federal investigation. Susan Abram, Washington Post, "First Female Dean ‘A Sea Of Change’ At USC’s Scandal-Plagued Medical School," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since McAllister passed away from heart failure at her home in Terrell Hills, admirers have heaped praise on her legacy of tireless civic leadership and volunteerism. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Personal side of late philanthropist celebrated," 9 July 2018 During the panel, Hader and Winkler took turns heaping praise on each other. Mike Acker, OregonLive.com, "Jacob Christopher becomes latest Portland comic to head to L.A.," 13 Jan. 2018 Slate tracked down one such letter, which heaped praise on its recipient and credited the interview request to an organization called Somerford Brooke Productions. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Here's how Sacha Baron Cohen fools celebrities into embarrassing interviews, starting with 'Da Ali G Show'," 13 July 2018 Kyler Murray has the talent to be an absolute star, however, and Lincoln Riley has more than earned all the praise heaped his way since the second half of last season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma's still the team to beat in the Big 12," 9 July 2018 Reading the effusive, eulogistic praise heaped on him by Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto somehow made the news seem even more bittersweet. Jay Willis, GQ, "The press release is layered in so much stilted, sanitized corporatespeak," 4 May 2018 To balance the questionable influences, there have also been Sunday School teachers and Scout leaders who heaped on lessons of kindness and helpfulness. Leslie Anne Tarabella, AL.com, "The recipe for making a man," 1 May 2018 Kill the D’Ysquiths standing between him and the peerage, in a plot that blends just a dash of Agatha Christie with a heaping helping of Monty Python, set to patter songs and ballads suggesting an Edwardian music hall and Victorian operetta. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Monty Python fans may love'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'," 2 May 2018 There’s plenty of profanity, unexpected nudity played for laughs, a heaping helping of gross-out humor, and a requisite amount of heart and sweetness in the finale. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Cena Is Getting Closer to His Breakout Moment," 8 Apr. 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

: a great number or large amount of something

: 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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