piling

Definitions

  • Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
    Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piling a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
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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.
    • n Piling A series of piles; piles considered collectively; as, the piling of a bridge.
    • Piling The act of heaping up.
    • Piling (Iron Manuf) The process of building up, heating, and working, fagots, or piles, to form bars, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Tranquilizer, Valium (sleeping piles) is the most widely used drug on earth.
    • n piling In engineering, the operation of placing and driving piles in position.
    • n piling Piles collectively; pilework.
    • n piling In leather manufacturing, a slow inward sweating of the leather.
    • n piling Logs ready to be made into piles, or from which piles are made.
    • n piling See pile, verb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piling pī′ling the act of piling up: the driving of piles: a series of piles placed in order: pilework.
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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
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    “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
See Pile a stake

Usage

In literature:

In a square pile one of the parallel edges contains but one ball; in a triangular pile two of the edges have but one ball in each.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
A dozen lifeless bodies piled themselves before the staunch resistance.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Pile the cubes in a mound in the salad-bowl.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
Instead, all they saw was a great pile of poles and sticks which looked like anything but a dam.
"The Adventures of Paddy Beaver" by Thornton W. Burgess
Elijah Pile had grown old and years before had succeeded his father, Coonrod Pile, as head of the family.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
Here, piled up twelve feet high, lay a mighty mass of bars of silver, carefully packed.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
My pile of manure, therefore, is all used up on 25 to 30 acres of land.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
That was piling it up.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
They turned to see Manning, the pile of suitcases in front of him, reading aloud.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
It was rank-smelling but only slightly damp, and he piled it on the ledge in a kind of nest.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
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In poetry:

SILENT are the green looms
And the weavers sleep
Nestled in the piled glooms,
Deep on deep.
"Break Of Day" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Tumbled are the piled glooms
And the weavers stir:
Once again the wild looms
Drone and whir.
"Break Of Day" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
I have seen — I have seen
A thousand bustling quays
Piled with the trade
Of undiscovered seas.
"I Have Seen" by Cicely Fox Smith
When such a time cometh
I do retire
Into an old room
Beside a bright fire:
O, pile a bright fire!
"Old Song" by Edward FitzGerald
When such a time cometh,
I do retire
Into and old room
Beside a bright fire:
Oh, pile a bright fire!
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald
We look and see the crumpled drifts
Piled in a little glen.
And you are back in Saxony
And children once again.
"Snow In France" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

In news:

Eleven days before the 2005 Bigger Bang tour began the rockers piled into the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto to play new music and test a few covers on fans.
Cindy Crawford may have piled on the makeup in '92, but today, big hair looks freshest with a nearly naked face.
In the continuing effort to understand the human brain, the mysteries keep piling up.
The gas-electric vehicles are piling up on dealers' lots as anxiety over gasoline prices evaporates.
When you see a pile of dirt, you're first thought is probably not about a growing community, but at a local elementary school that's exactly what it means.
A 1 euro coin made in Greece and a pile of eurocents.
Canned food are piled up in a market in Cabinda on January 19, 2010.
Firefighters said a large pile of wood in the back of the home caught fire and quickly spread to the porch.
Looking at a counter piled with tomatoes.
Praise piles on for 'Dancing' stars.
Points piling up for the Miami Heat.
Traffic piled up well past Cimarron , where the rock spill took place.
Garbage began to pile up on the lot.
Debris is piled in massive mounds everywhere.
Detroit Tiger's Brandon Inge Involved in 6-Car Pile Up.
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In science:

On further addition of sand, avalanches were created on the surface of the pile, and the outflow statistics was recorded.
Sandpile Models of Self-Organized Criticality
It was observed that the avalanche size distribution obeys a scaling behaviour for small piles.
Sandpile Models of Self-Organized Criticality
For large piles, however, scaling did not work very well.
Sandpile Models of Self-Organized Criticality
Another experiment used a pile of rice between two vertical glass plates separated by a small gap.
Sandpile Models of Self-Organized Criticality
Rice grains were slowly dropped on to the pile.
Sandpile Models of Self-Organized Criticality
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