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 this World Cup, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Panama and Poland are heading for the ash heap of history. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out," 24 June 2018 At Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, in the Red Hills of Lake County, enormous rocks are piled in heaps. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The rise of the Red Hills of Lake County," 1 June 2018 One home facing the ocean still has a front lawn filled with cobble rocks, while foul-smelling seaweed is piled in heaps of sand. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "As summer approaches, many state beaches aren’t in good shape," 22 May 2018 The salads—never an afterthought—arrive in heaps: nüsslisalat (lamb’s lettuce) with minced egg and smoked speck, and kopf-salat (bibb lettuce) piled with julienned nests of beet, carrot, and milky celery root. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 2 May 2018 Sometimes they are pressed into service to extinguish fires that break out in nearby grass heaps and pigsties. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 More significantly, perhaps, is the level at which the top of the heap has been pitching. David Murphy, Philly.com, "The Phillies need another starter. Could he be pitching tonight? | David Murphy," 10 July 2018 There was a heap of pulpy wood shavings in the trailer, yes. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Truck hauled wood shavings into US. Dusty, hidden hand gave away other cargo, agents say," 31 May 2018 The problem for Democratic strategists -- of which Pelosi is at the top of the heap -- is that people outside of their base are far less keen on impeaching Trump. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Nancy Pelosi has no easy answer on impeaching Donald Trump," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the same time, though, I was loved and cared for by the elderly Italian grandmother who lived on the second floor of our apartment building and who was always feeding me heaping portions of lasagna. Reihan Salam, WSJ, "A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis," 21 Sep. 2018 Plastic sacks and cheap duffle bags are heaped everywhere, holding their owners' few remaining possessions. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015 Expect all the classics like perfectly cut sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, cucumber, or egg; warm scones heaped with jam and clotted cream; picture perfect patisseries; plus, a few festive surprises. Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in London in March 2018," 5 Mar. 2018 Renacci endorsed President Donald Trump heaped praise on U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci during the president's trip to Blue Ash to promote the GOP's tax reform. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio governor's race: Republicans endorse Mike DeWine as Mary Taylor throws bombs," 9 Feb. 2018 His most concentrated abuse outside of Harley has been heaped on Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos, claiming the company skirts its tax obligations and takes advantage of the U.S. Postal Service. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Attacking Harley-Davidson yet again, Trump now says administration will boost competitors," 3 July 2018 In this media savvy age, tabloids and fans are quick to heap praise on unconventional success stories like the one Sean Dyche has enjoyed. SI.com, "Sean Dyche Looks the Part at Burnley But He's Not Re-Inventing the Wheel With His Brand of Football," 29 May 2018 Get over your tequila hangover by the third-floor pool or with a heaping plate of chilaquiles at breakfast. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Guadalajara: Where to Eat, Drink Tequila, and Watch Wrestling for a Perfect Night on the Town," 21 May 2018 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

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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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