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

Definition of woodpile

: a pile of wood (such as firewood)

Examples of woodpile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only thing Mike loves more than describing a Thanksgiving menu is building a woodpile. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 7 June 2021 Residents of the Canadian town also brought over trucks full of firewood for Hyder residents who had relied on a woodpile in Canada, Stewart said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 In the conversation secretly recorded by Daly during lunch with Lamey at Rick's Boatyard Cafe in Indianapolis, Lamey does not mention the woodpile slur Daly characterizes as an Irish colloquialism. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 26 June 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of woodpile

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woodpile was circa 1552

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17 Jun 2021

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“Woodpile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodpile. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodpile

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


wood·​pile | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌpīl How to pronounce woodpile (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodpile

: a pile of wood and especially firewood


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