pileup

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noun pile·up \ˈpī(-ə)l-ˌəp\

Definition of pileup

  1. 1 :  a collision involving usually several motor vehicles

  2. 2a :  a jammed tangled mass or pile (as of motor vehicles or people) resulting from collision or accumulationb :  accumulation

Examples of pileup in a sentence

  1. A five-car pileup slowed traffic.

  2. a pileup of e-mail messages that needed to be dealt with

1900

First Known Use of pileup

1900


PILEUP Defined for English Language Learners

pileup

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noun pile·up \ˈpī(-ə)l-ˌəp\

Definition of pileup for English Language Learners

  • : an accident in which several or many vehicles crash into each other

  • : a large amount of something that has increased gradually over a period of time



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