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 Southern Sector Rising, a coalition of southern Dallas activists and environmentalists led by Jackson, recently gave the city an Oct. 1 deadline to begin removing the mountainous heap. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "City of Dallas seeks bids to clean up toxic Shingle Mountain," 10 Sep. 2020 The mural had been sliced from the walls of what was then the Pearl Corral, a hospitality space in the brewery, with little care since it was destined for the rubbish heap. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Section of epic Pearl Brewery mural ‘The History of Ranching’ that was lost for years now at Texas State University," 25 Aug. 2020 Another crash took out a heap of riders in the dash to the line on Nice's splendid seafront. John Leicester And Samuel Petrequin, Star Tribune, "Late but still going: The strangest Tour de France sets off," 29 Aug. 2020 That and the other limbs—around ten in all—are piled in a disembodied heap on Wu Shang’s desk. The Economist, "The new ink masters China makes its mark on the world of tattoos," 29 Aug. 2020 Second, because new cartridges continue to sprout like mushrooms on a dung heap, and some of them are not only very interesting, but very useful as well. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 8 Best Big-Game Cartridges," 28 Aug. 2020 Reviewers heap praise on its budget-friendly price, sturdiness and overall quality. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "What is cloud bread? TikTok’s latest colorful food trend, explained," 26 Aug. 2020 Available in a heap of different colors, this plush piece has more than 1,600 reviews from shoppers who gave it a collective 4.8-star rating. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Chrissy Teigen uses this cozy throw every single day—and it's on sale," 8 Aug. 2020 Hence, if that scenario plays out, Ryanair will gain a heap of market share. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Not wasting a crisis: How Ireland’s Ryanair is using the pandemic to power an audacious growth plan," 2 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But anyone who reads the report will come away from it with the distinct impression that it was meant to heap most of the responsibility for post-9/11 displacement in the countries analyzed on U.S. military action. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, "No, U.S. Military Action Hasn’t Created 37 Million Refugees Since 9/11," 11 Sep. 2020 President Trump needs to use his party convention to heap pressure and headlines on his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, while resisting the temptation to hog the spotlight, according to Republican strategists and allies. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Republicans urge Trump to make the convention all about Biden," 24 Aug. 2020 Without him, that’s a lot of pressure to heap on the big-play defense. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ben Roethlisberger's comeback will make or break Steelers' season," 20 Aug. 2020 The layoffs heap more uncertainty on the struggling Alaska economy as many federal and state unemployment benefits shrink or run out. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "142 workers to be laid off permanently from Anchorage and Fairbanks airport concessions," 14 Aug. 2020 When China’s human rights record came up for a routine review in 2018 and 2019 at the Human Rights Council, Chinese officials pretended to play along but threatened critical delegations while encouraging allies to heap praise. Kenneth Roth, The New York Review of Books, "How China Threatens Human Rights Worldwide," 14 Jan. 2020 These days, my husband is thrilled to heap creamy spoonfuls of melongene over steamed brown rice for a hearty meal on a weeknight. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, "Trini Stewed Eggplant is Almost Too Simple to Require a Recipe, But I Made You One Anyway," 2 Aug. 2020 The mine will heap leach the ore and extract a concentrate for processing. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "A new Wheat Ridge plant will process rare earths, which aren’t so rare but are critical for iPhones and electric cars," 12 Jan. 2020 This brewing conflict could heap even more pain on struggling economies. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 19: DACA, coronavirus, police reform, Facebook, economy," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of heap was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heap. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for heap

heap

noun
How to pronounce heap (audio)

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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