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 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 Piringer said snakes typically like to seek shelter in woodpiles. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Man bitten by copperhead snake in Maryland," 10 July 2018 Move construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Are you ready for fire season?," 14 June 2019 In the winter, the driveway is cleared and the woodpile is full. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Physician's symptoms could be sign of illness," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of woodpile

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2019

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“Woodpile.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodpiles. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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