\ 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 Massachusetts fourth- and eighth-graders continued their run of dominance in reading and math on a nationwide standardized test this year, scoring at or near the top of the heap for the eighth consecutive time, state officials said Wednesday. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. kids still at the top in nationwide tests, scores show - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 Pixel phones have always lived and died on the strength of their cameras, and the Pixel 4 will bring all sorts of new features to keep Google at the top of the heap. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL preview: More than meets the eye," 15 Oct. 2019 According to Expansion, a Mexican business magazine, hotels in Quintana Roo saw a decrease in visitors in June due in part to the heaps of unsightly, foul-smelling seaweed washing up on the beaches. Zoe Sottile And Ella Hurworth, CNN, "Record-breaking seaweed bloom stretches from West Africa to Mexico," 5 July 2019 Their creations were no longer needed and nearly all were consigned to the trash heap. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "The Voting Machine That Displayed Different Ballots Based on Your Sex," 26 June 2019 On Wednesday morning, the remains of the hangar were a heap of twisted metal, rubble, scattered clothes and dirty mattresses. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Airstrike Kills Dozens of Migrants at Detention Center in Tripoli," 3 July 2019 There may be room here for an upset from Colman, whose Queen Anne was a delirious heap of emotions. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "AP Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win," 20 Feb. 2019 In front of each rice processor’s storefront there were heaps of chaff, the almost weightless husk that is separated from the grains during the harvest. Marcello Rossi, Smithsonian, "How Climate Change is Fueling Innovation in Kenya," 12 Feb. 2018 Below Ucluelet’s boxy little lighthouse are heaps of bull kelp fronds, wrenched from their foundations and left on the rocks at high tide— speaking to even mightier seas. Sunset, "An Epic Adventure on B.C.’s Vancouver Island," 22 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The teaser promises that her West Hollywood restaurant, SUR, is serving up heaping portions of drama alongside its signature goat cheese balls. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Everyone Is Feuding in Vanderpump Rules Season 8 Teaser — Including Jax Taylor and Tom Sandoval," 7 Nov. 2019 The motivation of becoming a modern legend in African football spurs Mane on too, especially with the likes of Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o heaping praise on the Senegalese forward. SI.com, "Sadio Mane Brands Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo 'Monsters' as He Discusses Ballon d'Or Dream," 3 Nov. 2019 Some 50 film lovers dined on a banquet of Middle Eastern delights including a relish tray of tomatoes and cauliflower, and heaping bowls of humus, yogurt and olives. Glendale News-Press, "On the Town: Women of Dignity Health organization holds its first luncheon," 15 Oct. 2019 Down at the small boat harbor, fisherman Hein Kruithof secured a trailer heaped with seine nets behind his ailing pickup. Anchorage Daily News, "For Cordova, a winter without ferry service and heavy questions about the future," 21 Sep. 2019 The only thing that didn’t look several decades past its prime was the table heaped with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and mint. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria," 20 Aug. 2019 Bale has lived up to most of the lofty expectations heaped upon him, winning four Champions Leagues, a La Liga title, and the Copa del Rey. Matias Grez, CNN, "From dream start to nightmare end, Gareth Bale's Real Madrid career turns sour," 23 July 2019 But don’t miss the undersung seafood combo, a plate heaped with scallops, haddock, shrimp, and clams, expertly fried. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Where to take your kids to eat this summer vacation," 16 July 2019 Even heaped with tangents, the material just doesn’t prove worthy. Hank Stuever, Houston Chronicle, "Review: A convoluted ‘Stranger Things’ follows its primal ’80s urges to one monster of a mall," 6 July 2019

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

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“Heap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heaped. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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