heap

Definitions

  • flopped us in a heap
    flopped us in a heap
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v heap fill to overflow "heap the platter with potatoes"
    • v heap arrange in stacks "heap firewood around the fireplace","stack your books up on the shelves"
    • v heap bestow in large quantities "He heaped him with work","She heaped scorn upon him"
    • n heap a car that is old and unreliable "the fenders had fallen off that old bus"
    • n heap a collection of objects laid on top of each other
    • n heap (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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heap A crowd; a throng; a multitude or great number of persons. "The wisdom of a heap of learned men.""A heap of vassals and slaves.""He had heaps of friends."
    • Heap A great number or large quantity of things not placed in a pile; as, a heap of trouble. "A vast heap , both of places of scripture and quotations.""I have noticed a heap of things in my life."
    • Heap A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body, or thrown together so as to form an elevation; as, a heap of earth or stones. "Huge heaps of slain around the body rise."
    • Heap To collect in great quantity; to amass; to lay up; to accumulate; -- usually with up; as, to heap up treasures. "Though he heap up silver as the dust."
    • Heap To form or round into a heap, as in measuring; to fill (a measure) more than even full.
    • Heap To throw or lay in a heap; to make a heap of; to pile; as, to heap stones; -- often with up; as, to heap up earth; or with on; as, to heap on wood or coal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heap A great number of persons or animals; a troop; a crowd; a multitude.
    • n heap A great number of things; a large accumulation, stock, or store of any kind; a large quantity; a great deal: as, a heap of money; the frost destroyed a heap of fruit.
    • n heap A collection of things laid in a body so as to form an elevation; a pile or raised mass: as, a heap of earth or stones. In some places a heap of limestone was formerly 4¾ cubic yards.
    • n heap In mathematics, a collection of objects all related in the same way one to another.
    • heap To cast, lay, or gather in a heap; pile; accumulate; amass: as, to heap stones or ore: often with up or on: as, to heap up treasures; to heap on wood or coal.
    • heap To round or form into a heap, as in measuring; give or fill with overflowing measure.
    • heap To bestow a heap or large quantity upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heap hēp a pile or mass heaved or thrown together: a great number of things, a great deal, a collection:
    • v.t Heap to throw in a heap or pile: to amass: to pile above the top:—pr.p. heap′ing; pa.p. heaped
    • n Heap hēp (B.) a ruin
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Quotations

  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”
  • John Oliver Hobbes
    John Oliver Hobbes
    “Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.”
  • Glen Buck
    Glen Buck
    “If your capacity to acquire has outstripped your capacity to enjoy, you are on the way to the scrap-heap.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “History is but a confused heap of facts.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.”

Idioms

Heap coals on someone's head - To do something nice or kind to someone who has been nasty to you. If someone felt bad because they forgot to get you a Christmas gift, for you to buy them a specially nice gift is heaping coals on their head. ('Heap coals of fire' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. heep, heap, heap, multitude, AS. heáp,; akin to OS. hōp, D. hoop, OHG. houf, hūfo, G. haufe, haufen, Sw. hop, Dan. hob, Icel. hōpr, troop, flock, Russ. kupa, heap, crowd, Lith. kaupas,. Cf. Hope, in Forlorn hope,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héap: Ice. hópr, Ger. haufe, Dut. hoop.

Usage

In literature:

As for her, she went and fetched a great heap of firewood.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
He scraped a clean sample from the weathered heap, and rubbed it in his palm.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
At breakfast Mr. Gates heaped his plate with good things.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
But thar's a mighty heap o' diff'rence when you squints thro' hind-sights at a girl like yon.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
A long heap was a sofa, and a smaller heap a chair, while a round, flat heap was a table.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
It makes it a heap easier.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
Thinks a heap of hisself.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
I've climbed heaps of times before, but I wouldn't of thought of it, if Alice hadn't told me.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
At last he lifted the cover and displayed a little gray shapeless heap.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Then the catamount tumbled out of the heap, and sprang back to the carcass.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
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In poetry:

Sure with no thought of thee
Sown was the seed,
Heaped without thought of thee
Or of thy need.
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
I've shot at heaps of stars since then,
but always it's the same -
A barnyard door has mocked me when
Uranus was my aim.
"Aspiration" by Robert W Service
For in the rocky strait beneath,
Lay Suliote sire and son;
They had heap'd high the piles of death
Before the pass was won.
"The Suliote Mother" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Sick of the very treasure which they heap;
Their tearless eyes
Sealed ever in a heaven-forgetting sleep,
Whose dreams are lies;
"Youth And Manhood" by Henry Timrod
Go now, and boast of all your stores,
And tell how bright you shine;
Your heaps of glitt'ring dust are yours,
And my Redeemer's mine.
"Hymn 56" by Isaac Watts
'Twas daily bread and would not keep,
But must be still renewed;
Faith should not want a hoard or heap,
But trust the Lord for food.
"Manna Hoarded" by John Newton

In news:

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) talks with tour guide Heap Davith (R) during his visit to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.
With such a massive heap of fresh tracks rolling our way this week, we just couldn't possibly wait until Friday to share them all.
Are screechy daytime talk shows, like a child reaching the end of a tantrum, about to collapse in a whimpering heap.
" White Out " is a heaping bowl of recycled leftovers.
William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and a heap of sonnets in his lifetime, and his works have never gone out of print in the 400-something years since his death.
These products can land financially uneducated consumers in a heap of trouble.
The National Park Service says a 41-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman had been hiking for three days when a helicopter crew found them in the lower reaches of Heaps Canyon.
NORWICH – When heaping superlatives upon a ballclub, sometimes hyperbole overstates a team's ability.
He's aware of the criticism that has been heaped on coach Gene Chizik and that the Tigers are huge underdogs going into the game with No.
And Amazon 's on top of the heap due to its first-mover advantage, phenomenal service, and grow-at-all-costs business strategy.
I recently posted an email from a reader seeking insight about moving to Seattle, and folks responded with a heaping helping of advice.
Caught this chrome-bright king out of the Port of Brookings Harbor last week while fishing with Richard Heap of Brookings.
HEAP, money available again this year.
Texas Rangers starter Ryan Dempster was quick to heap praise on his new offense Thursday.
Jake Heaps tosses four TDs as BYU takes care of UTEP.
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In science:

Bretz et al. measured the avalanche distribution by recording the temporal behavior of the inclination of the heap’s surface .
Avalanche statistics of sand heaps
Robert Sedgewick’s implementation of Heap’s method is very similar to algorithm 1, the only difference between them is the termination condition (step 2) of the algorithms, and they both have the property 1 and property 2.
Permutation Generation: Two New Permutation Algorithms
Because of the two important properties, the shift cursor algorithm has an efficient implementation, and in theory both the implementation and Sedgewick’s implementation of Heap’s method could infinitely close to the theoretically optimal solution of the problem, which is 2n! store instructions.
Permutation Generation: Two New Permutation Algorithms
Consider the following classical example: We have two heaps of sand, x and y , piled on the ground, some distance apart.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
As the accesses to a node increase, the read justments to maintain heap order will promote the element closer to the root of the tree. There are two potent ial problems with such a method of determining priorities.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
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