pile

Definitions

  • Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
    Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pile place or lay as if in a pile "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
    • v pile arrange in stacks "heap firewood around the fireplace","stack your books up on the shelves"
    • v pile press tightly together or cram "The crowd packed the auditorium"
    • n pile a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy
    • n pile the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction"
    • n pile a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    • n pile battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
    • n pile fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
    • n pile a collection of objects laid on top of each other
    • n pile a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit) "she made a bundle selling real estate","they sank megabucks into their new house"
    • n pile (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent "a batch of letters","a deal of trouble","a lot of money","he made a mint on the stock market","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scrap-Pile. Oscilla. Georgia Scrap-Pile. Oscilla. Georgia
He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246 He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246
Piled Us out on Top of Dad 269 Piled Us out on Top of Dad 269
ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History
ELEPHANT PILING TIMBER ELEPHANT PILING TIMBER
Funeral Pile of Sulla Funeral Pile of Sulla
A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you pile up the cans of Yeo's products, you would be able to reach the moon.
    • Pile (Zoöl) A covering of hair or fur.
    • Pile A funeral pile; a pyre.
    • Pile A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet. "Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile ."
    • Pile A large building, or mass of buildings. "The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight."
    • Pile A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
    • Pile A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
    • Pile A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
    • Pile (Elec) A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; -- commonly called Volta's pile voltaic pile, or galvanic pile.
    • Pile (Her) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
    • Pile (Iron Manuf) Same as Fagot n., 2.
    • n Pile The head of an arrow or spear.
    • Pile The reverse of a coin. See Reverse.
    • Pile To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
    • v. t Pile To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
    • Pile To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; -- often with up; as, to pile up wood. "Hills piled on hills.""Life piled on life.""The labor of an age in piled stones."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Tranquilizer, Valium (sleeping piles) is the most widely used drug on earth.
    • n pile The pointed head of a staff, pike, arrow, or the like, when not barbed, generally of a rounded form and serving as a ferrule; also, an arrow.
    • n pile A javelin.
    • n pile [The above is an imitation of the following passage:
    • n pile A pointed stake; specifically, in architecture and engineering, a beam, heavy, generally of timber, often the roughly trimmed trunk of a tree, pointed or not at the end and driven into the soil for the support of some superstructure or to form part of a wall, as of a Coffer-dam or quay. For permanent works piles are driven in loose or uncertain strata in rows, leaving a space a few feet in width between them, and upon the heads of the piles the foundations of the superstructure are erected. In temporary constructions they are driven close together in single or double rows, so as to inclose a space of water and form a coffer-dam, from which the water is subsequently pumped out, and thus a dry space is obtained for laying the foundation of piers, etc., in bridges and other similar works. Iron piles are used for wharf-walls and other purposes; they are hollow or tubular within, and are cast in various forms. See cuts under lake-dwelling, pile-driver, and pilework.
    • n pile A post such as that used in the exercise of the quintain.
    • pile To furnish with a pile or head.
    • pile To furnish, strengthen, or support with piles; drive piles into.
    • n pile A pillar; specifically, a small pillar of iron, en- graved on the top with the image to be given to the under side of a coin stamped upon it; hence, the under side or reverse of the coin itself: opposed to the cross.
    • n pile A tower or castle: same as peel.
    • n pile A large building or mass of buildings of stone or brick; a massive edifice: as, a noble pile; a venerable pile.
    • n pile A pyramid; a pyramidal figure; specifically, in heraldry, a bearing consisting of a pyramidal or wedge-shaped figure (generally assumed to represent an arrow-head), which, unless otherwise blazoned, seems to emerge from the top of the escutcheon with its point downward. It is usually considered one of the subordinaries, but by some authors as an ordinary. See pile, 1, and phrases below.
    • n pile A heap consisting of an indefinite number of separate objects, commonly of the same kind, arranged of purpose or by natural causes in a more or less regular (cubical, pyramidal, cylindrical, or conical) form; a large mass, or a large quantity: as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood; a pile of money or of grain.
    • n pile Specifically A funeral pile; a pyre. See funeral pile, under funeral.
    • n pile An oblong rectangular mass of cut lengths of puddled bars of iron, laid together and ready for being rolled after being raised to a welding-temperature in a reheating-furnace. The size of a pile and the quality of the iron of which it is composed vary according to special requirements, the same pile sometimes containing widely different qualities of iron in its different parts.
    • n pile In electricity, a series of plates of two dissimilar metals, such as copper and zinc, laid one above the other alternately, with cloth or paper placed between each pair, moistened with an acid solution, for producing a current of electricity. See electricity. The term is sometimes used as synonymous with battery, for any form of apparatus designed to produce a current of dynamic electricity. It is also applied to an apparatus for detecting slight changes of temperature. See thermopile.
    • n pile A large amount of money: a fortune: as, he has made his pile.
    • pile To lay or throw into a heap; heap, or heap up; collect into a pile or mass: as, to pile wood or stones.
    • pile To bring into an aggregate; accumulate: as, to pile quotations or comments.
    • pile Same as fagot, 2
    • n pile Hair.
    • n pile Specifically, in hunting, in the plural, the hair or fur of an animal, as the boar, wolf, fox, etc.; hence, hairs collectively; pelage.
    • n pile The lay or set of the hair.
    • n pile A fiber, as of wool or cotton.
    • n pile In entomology, thinly set fine hairs which are ordinarily rather long.
    • n pile Nap of a regular and closely set kind, consisting of threads standing close together and shaved off smooth, so as to form a uniform and even surface. The threads of pile always have a certain inclination in one direction as regards the stuff, and can be smoothed or depressed in that direction, while pressing them the other way roughens the surface. The longest pile of any textile fabric is perhaps that of certain Oriental carpets; this, when of fine goat's hair, has a beautiful gloss. The pile of velvet is sometimes of two different heights or lengths.
    • pile To furnish with pile; make shaggy.
    • pile To break off the awns of (threshed barley).
    • pile A Middle English form of pill.
    • n pile In gambling, all the capital a player has to lose on the game; all the chips in front of a player.
    • n pile A single hemorrhoidal tumor. See piles.
    • n pile In artillery, a heap of shot or shells piled up by horizontal courses in parallel tiers into a pyramidal or wedge-like form, the form being determined by that of the base, which may be a triangle, a square, or a rectangle. In a triangular pile the base is an equilateral triangle, and there is one sphere at the apex. The numbers in the successive horizontal tiers, reckoned from the top downward, are the triangular numbers 1, 3, 6, 10 … ½ n (n + 1).
    • pile To arrange (spheres) so as to occupy the minimum of volume.
    • pile To form a pile or heap; often with up: as, his debts piled up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pile pīl a roundish mass: a heap of separate objects: combustibles, esp. for burning dead bodies: a large building: a heap of shot or shell: :
    • v.t Pile to lay in a pile or heap: to collect in a mass: to heap up: to fill above the brim
    • n Pile pīl a pillar: a large stake driven into the earth to support foundations: a pyramidal figure in a heraldic bearing
    • v.t Pile to drive piles into
    • n Pile pīl hair, fur: the nap on cloth, esp. if regular and closely set
    • v.t Pile to furnish with pile, to make shaggy
    • n Pile pīl (elect.) a form of battery consisting of a number of dissimilar metal plates laid in pairs one above another, with an acid solution between them
    • n Pile pīl (slang) a large amount of money: a fortune
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Quotations

  • Theodore L. Cuyler
    Theodore L. Cuyler
    “God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.”
  • Arthur Seldon
    Arthur Seldon
    “Socialism is a vast machine for churning out piles of goods marked Take it or leave it.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    Antoine%20De%20Saint-Exupery
    “A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”
  • Martin H. Fischer
    Martin H. Fischer
    “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.”
  • Jr. Murchison
    Jr. Murchison
    “Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Money is flat and meant to be piled up.”

Idioms

Pile it on thick - To pile it on thick is to exaggerate or overstate something, usually flattery or praise. ('Lay it on thick' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pīl, arrow, stake, L. pilum, javelin; but cf. also L. pila, pillar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. pĭla, a ball.

Usage

In literature:

And there was a pile of new sand that looked all moist and just right to play in.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
High on the wood-pile sat a Yellow Red Fox in a magnificent coat.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Upon it were a number of swarthy fishermen, piling nets.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
But suddenly the light fades, and piles of cold, pale white rise above you.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Bundles of firewood were piled under it.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Having swung away from the pile of offal, he was now more worried about breaking his neck.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
His face was wretchedly pale, his hands trembled as he proceeded to pile in the coal.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
The boys piled out, anxious for a glimpse of the trawler.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The snow, blown off the roofs of the wickiups, piled up in long drifts on their western sides.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
But they'd sank the'r pile in that hill, an' couldn't bring 'emselves to quit.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
When they're dead you dig big trenches and you pile 'em in like dogs!
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
It is next returned to Resht to have the pile cut by the sharp instruments used for cutting the velvet pile.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
The light was set atop a black piling.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It made a pile more than three hundred feet long.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
Hardwick scowled at the youth every time their eyes met, and kept piling the work upon Hal.
"The Missing Tin Box" by Arthur M. Winfield
Now, looking about, he saw great bales of pelts piled indiscriminately, thousands and thousands of dollars' worth.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
The courtyard lay dark and still; a strong perfume rose from the high manure-piles.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
It was like marble slabs piled in an orderly array, thinning out toward the upper side of the mountain.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
A pile of clouds, off to the east, looked promising.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
There was a pile of dressed skins one side of the room, soft and silken, Freneau's own curing.
"A Little Girl in Old St. Louis" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

Therefore I toil in forests here
And pile the wood in stacks,
And take no fee from the shivering folk
Till I have cleansed the axe.
"The Wood-Cutter" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
EARL WILLIAM left his castle hall,
When the sun shone, burning bright, at noon,
He rode, rode on, thro' many a town
To the princely pile of Scoone !
"The Black Knight Of The Water" by Anne Bannerman
In vain kings piled the Pyramids;
Their tombs were robbed by ruthless hands.
Who now shall sing their fame and deeds,
Or sift their ashes from the sands?
"Fame" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
The burdened year will soon her treasures yield,
And pile our spacious barns from eaves to floor,
Then vagrant want in lanes and open field,
Can gather scanty sustenance no more.
"The Great Strike" by Albery Allson Whitman
Go you and build a temple to the skies, and make
Your soul an alter-offering on the pile;
Then, from its lightning-riven ruin, take
Your crushed and bleeding self, and calmly smile.
"Consolance" by Madge Morris Wagner
Come, aw'll pile some bits o' stooan,
Raand thi dwellin';
They may screen thee when aw've gooanm,
Ther's no tellin';
An' when gentle spring draws near
Aw'll release thee, niver fear.
"To A Daisy, Found Blooming March 7th" by John Hartley

In news:

I had to take a picture with a my face to give reference, it was a thick pile of names.
It left in its wake piles and piles of snow.
Last of the 'Tidal Wave' Boats Avoids Burn Pile.
A sudden explosion around noon yesterday reduced a two-story house in Brentwood, Long Island, to a pile of rubble, killing 18-month-old Rah-Quan Palmer and injuring at least fourteen others.
No matter how much foie gras has been piled on their plates, restaurantgoers size up the portion presented to another guest.
I know that the Lauderdale Mansion is a bit tumble-down, but have I actually been living under such a pile of rocks that until yesterday I was completely unaware of a rather amazing website called Historic Aerials.
For thousands of Americans, Tax Day was a moment to protest what they see as bloated budgets and a pile of debt being passed on to their children.
I was giving my careful attention to the pile of paperwork the kids have been bringing home from Pre-K all week.
Gemma Spofforth is one of the most accomplished UF female swimmers in Gator history after piling up seven NCAA individual championships.
The Brewers' shortcomings are piling up.
A multibillion-dollar stack of IOUs awaits state lawmakers when they return to Austin next year, and it's a pile of their own making, the fruit of budget tricks that would leave Penn and Teller both speechless.
CAROL'S TIP: In the olden days, leaves would be raked into a pile.
Cities are increasingly decking highways with piles of greenery and new development.
A pile of music-related videos, plus tornadoes.
Poutine, the national drunken bar snack of Canada, doesn't look like much—just a pile of fries with some gravy and fresh cheese curds.
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In science:

In this case and assuming that the ratio between the actual statical charge supported and the maximum possible charge, c, is constant all through the pile, the beams just over the upper surface of the collapsed pile are equally likely to break as those below.
Some simple physical facts about the collapse of the Twin Towers
First, a C -minimal tiling is a tiling since the parallelepiped (P (C )) is a compact pile of cubes.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
We have seen that Max(D), seen as a pile of cubes, can be partitionned according to the maximal fillings of its proper seeds.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
It can be associated with a unique pile of cubes.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The cards that were removed are collected to form a new pile.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
We note, however, that the Chandra data are affected by pile-up.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
Since particles cannot pile up in this model, there is no strongly catalytic regime (i.e., bλp = 0).
Intermittency in a catalytic random medium
We indicate the cut off in the upper left region where we should not believe results as they pile up near the w(z ≫ 1) ≥ 0 boundary.
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
To solve the problem, we simply excluded the PSF core (inner 5′′ , containing about 35% of the source photons), where the pile up could be significant.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
No hints for pile-up in the resulting photon list was apparent in the corresponding event PATTERN distribution.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
The spectrum presents low energy events with an important pile-up.
MACHe3, a prototype for non-baryonic dark matter search: KeV event detection and multicell correlation
By rotating the picture (b) and extending each dimer into a 2 × 1 rectangle, we obtain a piling up of these rectangles (c) whose bottom row is formed by the former right pro jection.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Observe that a pile of 2T chips will split evenly T times so that the arrows at time t ≤ T remain the same.
Deterministic Random Walks on the Integers
First we show that discrepancies caused by odd piles at time t − L2 or before can be neglected.
Deterministic Random Walks on the Integers
For y ∈ Z and u ∼ y + 1 we have an odd pile at y if and only if arr(y , u) 6= arr(y , u + 2) and in this case arr(y , u) = (−1)iarr(y , 0) for the index i with si (y) = u.
Deterministic Random Walks on the Integers
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