pil·​ing | \ ˈpī-liŋ How to pronounce piling (audio) \

Definition of piling

: a structure of piles also : pile

Examples of piling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The piling-one-emergency-atop-another structure — always a tricky thing to sustain — does begin to pall in the later going as inspiration tapers off a bit. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 June 2022 The creation by officials at The University of Texas at Austin could solve the problem of how to rid the world of billions of tons of plastic piling up in landfills and polluting natural lands and water. Fox News, 2 May 2022 But as the Cardinals move toward their first playoff berth in six seasons, COVID-19 has impacted the team's players, coaching, and front office personnel almost as bad as their piling injuries. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 The work stoppage resulted in trash piling up across Chula Vista and parts of San Diego. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2022 Through the steady piling-on of hands, though, Wilson remains the central figure, armed with a vision and an inscrutable but ultimately effective means of communication. Cecilia Gigliotti, Longreads, 6 Mar. 2022 Soon, residents began complaining of trash piling up in the hallways, and of pay cuts for those who aren't able to work during the lockdown. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 Parents thinking back on their own school experiences probably associate the term field trip with the class piling into a school bus for a trip to a museum, historical or cultural institution. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Other red flags include plastic piling up in the lobby, having all the lights on when the building is empty, or when the gym’s green claims don’t match its practices. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of piling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2022

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“Piling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piling. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for piling


pil·​ing | \ ˈpī-liŋ \

Kids Definition of piling

: a supporting structure made of large stakes or pointed posts driven into the ground


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