wood·​pile | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce woodpile (audio) \

Definition of woodpile

: a pile of wood (such as firewood)

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Recent Examples on the Web Sixty-three deaths were reported in the United States between 1950 and 1959, most of which occurred in or around a woodpile or outhouse. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in the World," 11 Nov. 2019 Patrice went outside, walked over to the woodpile, pulled the ax from the stump, and split a piece of log. New York Times, "‘The Night Watchman,’ by Louise Erdrich: An Excerpt," 3 Mar. 2020 In Scandinavia, it is said that the way to choose a partner is to look at their woodpile. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether gathering, splitting or whittling it, wood is good for the soul," 5 Apr. 2020 The mountain pygmy possum is so rare that it was known only from fossils until 1966, when skiers on Mount Hotham in Victoria, Australia, found one scampering around the woodpile at their ski lodge. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "To save a species on the brink, look to where its ancestors thrived," 6 Nov. 2019 My woodpile reference from 1994 came from a woman who was carrying in firewood at her Nenana home in May when a bat fell from a log, then seemed to warm up and fly away. Anchorage Daily News, "Little brown bats remain a northern mystery," 2 Nov. 2019 Brush and woodpiles bring all the predators to the yard, so keep them cleaned up to avoid unwanted invaders. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Viral photo of adorable bobcat kittens on Florida fence spurs safety reminders," 30 Oct. 2019 Brown was resigned to simply burning these woodpiles, but air-quality restrictions had prevented him from doing even that. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 19 Aug. 2019 First, there’s the hunt in the woods, or rooting through a backyard woodpile for three or four perfect sticks. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Weave yarn and nature finds on a stick loom," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of woodpile

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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“Woodpile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodpile. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodpile

: a pile of pieces of wood that will be used to make fires


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Kids Definition of woodpile

: a pile of wood and especially firewood

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