\ 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


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 But being at the top of its own heap doesn't mean the C8 automatically beats out competitors from other brands, like a Ford Mustang or a Dodge Charger. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Watch C8 Corvette Take On GT500 Mustang, Hellcat Charger on Dragstrip," 15 May 2020 Video from the scene showed Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics performing CPR on the man among a heap of belongings on the sidewalk. Los Angeles Times, "Sleeping homeless man killed when car plows into encampment in South L.A.," 1 May 2020 Bradford’ pears, and thorny elaeagnus that germinated by the fence and grew into monsters lay dying in heaps awaiting pick-up. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Whip That Yard Into Shape," 23 Apr. 2020 By filling the heap with junk data, the exploit is able to inject malicious code that then gets executed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A critical iPhone and iPad bug that lurked for 8 years may be under active attack," 22 Apr. 2020 After she was liberated in 1945, Feldman, who could still picture ‘‘big heaps and mounds of dead bodies laying all around,’’ moved to the United States, where the Holocaust survivor made a life of her own in New Jersey. BostonGlobe.com, "New York face-covering rule on; stay-home order extended," 17 Apr. 2020 Battle with more than eight players at once with a staggering roster of fighters and arenas that includes every single one featured in the series’ past as well as a heap of new content. Popular Science, "Five must-have games for Nintendo Switch," 13 Apr. 2020 In the process, heaps of protective equipment are used - often many dozens of gloves, gowns, masks, and more. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "Hospitals across U.S. consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients," 25 Mar. 2020 Perhaps an order of rib tips smothered in barbecue from Eli's BBQ, a heap of bacon cheddar ranch fries or a gourmet burger from Queen City Whip and Murray's Manchego Mac from 1883 cafe. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "Running out of date night ideas? You should totally try the new Kroger in OTR," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This pasta, as ooey-gooey-cheesy as any comfort seeker could wish, happens to sneak in a heaping helping of vegetables, too, including asparagus, mint, parsley and no less than eight cups of spinach. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Baked Spring Pasta With Asparagus: What to Cook in Quarantine," 21 May 2020 The competing crises is forcing state leaders such as Holcomb to identify ways to reignite the economy while also not heaping gallons of gasoline onto a kindling public health fire. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'A little bit of science' and 'a little bit of art': Holcomb gives plan to reopen Indiana," 1 May 2020 The president also attacked Democrats, the Russia investigation, and the FISA process, while heaping praise on his Republican allies for their efforts to defend him during the impeachment fight. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Trump asks Mike Lee to apologize to Utah constituents for Mitt Romney impeachment vote," 6 Feb. 2020 Some requested photos, while others simply heaped on praise, as one admirer said, for starting his own church to illustrate a story. Ellen Olivier, Los Angeles Times, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge and ‘Maisel’ are talk of the Emmys party at Governors Ball," 23 Sep. 2019 And then finish it all off with a heaping helping of baseball. Bill Higgins, BostonGlobe.com, "Cape Cod baseball, where the grass is real and the price is right," 16 July 2019 Guests can also order Family Bundles starting at $19.99, featuring heaping portions of favorite entrées, side dishes and Honey Butter Croissants. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "What’s open, offering takeout and delivery in Northwest Houston," 3 Apr. 2020 The debt disclosures heap fuel on concerns that arose when an investigation found the board was unaware of borrowing arrangements involving NMC’s founder and its former vice chairman. Nicolas Parasie, Bloomberg.com, "Hidden $2.7 Billion Tips NMC Health Into All-Out Scandal," 10 Mar. 2020 The event prompted fury from both those who wish to see the animals exterminated from the city (a virtual impossibility) and others who mercilessly heaped abuse on the parents via social media. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores the hidden world of the fabled yet enigmatic fox," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of heap


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


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

History and Etymology for heap


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

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“Heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heap. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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



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


\ 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.


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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