1. a collection of objects laid on top of each other;
[syn: pile, heap, mound, agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus]
2. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
- Example: "a batch of letters"
- Example: "a deal of trouble"
- Example: "a lot of money"
- Example: "he made a mint on the stock market"
- Example: "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"
- Example: "it must have cost plenty"
- Example: "a slew of journalists"
- Example: "a wad of money"
[syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad]
3. a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit);
- Example: "she made a bundle selling real estate"
- Example: "they sank megabucks into their new house"
[syn: pile, bundle, big bucks, megabucks, big money]
4. fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs);
[syn: down, pile]
5. battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta;
[syn: voltaic pile, pile, galvanic pile]
6. a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure;
[syn: pile, spile, piling, stilt]
7. the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave;
- Example: "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction"
[syn: pile, nap]
8. a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy;
[syn: atomic pile, atomic reactor, pile, chain reactor]
1. arrange in stacks;
- Example: "heap firewood around the fireplace"
- Example: "stack your books up on the shelves"
[syn: stack, pile, heap]
2. press tightly together or cram;
- Example: "The crowd packed the auditorium"
[syn: throng, mob, pack, pile, jam]
3. place or lay as if in a pile;
- Example: "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pile \Pile\, n. [L. pilus hair. Cf. Peruke.] 1. A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet. [1913 Webster] Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) A covering of hair or fur. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pile \Pile\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piled; p. pr. & vb. n. Piling.] 1. 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." --Dryden. "Life piled on life." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The labor of an age in piled stones. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load. [1913 Webster] To pile arms To pile muskets (Mil.), to place three guns together so that they may stand upright, supporting each other; to stack arms. [1913 Webster] PileateThe Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pile \Pile\, v. t. To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles. [1913 Webster] To sheet-pile, to make sheet piling in or around. See Sheet piling, under 2nd Piling. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pile \Pile\, n. [L. pilum javelin. See Pile a stake.] The head of an arrow or spear. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pile \Pile\, n. [AS. p[imac]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Note: Tubular iron piles are now much used. [1913 Webster] 2. [Cf. F. pile.] (Her.) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost. [1913 Webster] Pile bridge, a bridge of which the roadway is supported on piles. Pile cap, a beam resting upon and connecting the heads of piles. Pile driver, or Pile engine, an apparatus for driving down piles, consisting usually of a high frame, with suitable appliances for raising to a height (by animal or steam power, the explosion of gunpowder, etc.) a heavy mass of iron, which falls upon the pile. Pile dwelling. See Lake dwelling, under Lake. Pile plank (Hydraul. Eng.), a thick plank used as a pile in sheet piling. See Sheet piling, under Piling. Pneumatic pile. See under Pneumatic. Screw pile, one with a screw at the lower end, and sunk by rotation aided by pressure. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pile \Pile\, n. [F. pile, L. pila a pillar, a pier or mole of stone. Cf. Pillar.] 1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood. [1913 Webster] 2. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot. [1913 Webster] 3. A funeral pile; a pyre. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. A large building, or mass of buildings. [1913 Webster] The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. (Iron Manuf.) Same as Fagot, n., 2. [1913 Webster] 6. (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. [1913 Webster] Note: The term is sometimes applied to other forms of apparatus designed to produce a current of electricity, or as synonymous with battery; as, for instance, to an apparatus for generating a current of electricity by the action of heat, usually called a thermopile. [1913 Webster] 7. [F. pile pile, an engraved die, L. pila a pillar.] The reverse of a coin. See Reverse. [1913 Webster] Cross and pile. See under Cross. Dry pile. See under Dry. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Piles \Piles\, n. pl. [L. pila a ball. Cf. Pill a medicine.] (Med.) The small, troublesome tumors or swellings about the anus and lower part of the rectum which are technically called hemorrhoids. See Hemorrhoids. Note: [The singular pile is sometimes used.] [1913 Webster] Blind piles, hemorrhoids which do not bleed. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
PILE 1. Polytechnic's Instructional Language for Educators. Similar in use to an enhanced PILOT, but structurally more like Pascal with Awk-like associative arrays (optionally stored on disk). Distributed to about 50 sites by Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation for Apple II and CP/M. ["A Universal Computer Aided Instruction System," Henry G. Dietz & Ronald J Juels, Proc Natl Educ Computing Conf '83, pp.279-282]. 2.
["PILE _ A Language for Sound Synthesis", P. Berg, Computer Music Journal 3.1, 1979]. (1999-06-04)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
460 Moby Thesaurus words for "pile": abscess, abundance, accumulate, accumulation, agglomeration, aggregate, aggregation, amass, amassment, angina, angina pectoris, anthill, aortic insufficiency, aortic stenosis, apoplectic stroke, architecture, arrhythmia, arteriosclerosis, assault, assemblage, assemble, assortment, atherosclerosis, atomic pile, atrial fibrillation, attack, auricular fibrillation, back, backlog, bag, bags, baluster, balustrade, banister, bank, bank up, bankroll, barrel, base, batch, bed sore, beriberi heart, bestraddle, bestride, blade, blain, bleb, blister, board, boil, bomb, boodle, bottle, box, bract, bracteole, bractlet, breeder reactor, bricks, bristle, bristles, brush, bubo, budget, building, bulla, bundle, bunion, burden, can, canker, canker sore, capillament, carbuncle, cardiac arrest, cardiac insufficiency, cardiac shock, cardiac stenosis, cardiac thrombosis, carditis, caryatid, chain reactor, chain-reacting pile, chancre, chancroid, charge, chilblain, choke, cilium, climb on, coat, cock, cold sore, collect, collection, colonnade, column, commissariat, commissary, concentration, congenital heart disease, congeries, conglomeration, considerable, construct, construction, cor biloculare, cor juvenum, cor triatriatum, cornucopia, coronary, coronary insufficiency, coronary thrombosis, cotyledon, crate, crowd in, cumulate, cumulation, dado, deal, deposit, diastolic hypertension, die, down, drift, dump, dune, edifice, eiderdown, embankment, encased heart, endocarditis, enter, erection, eschar, establishment, exaggerate, exit, extrasystole, fabric, fast pile, fatty heart, feel, felon, fester, festering, fever blister, fibroid heart, fill, finish, fistula, flag, flask-shaped heart, fleece, floral leaf, floss, flue, fluff, foliole, footstalk, fortune, freight, frond, frosted heart, fur, furnace, furuncle, furunculus, fuzz, gathering, get in, get into, get on, glomeration, glume, go aboard, go on board, gobs, good deal, good sum, grain, granular texture, great deal, gumboil, hair, hairy heart, haycock, haymow, hayrick, haystack, heap, heap up, heaps, heaps of gold, heart attack, heart block, heart condition, heart disease, heart failure, hemorrhoids, heterogeneous reactor, high blood pressure, hill, hoard, holdings, homogeneous reactor, hop in, horsehair, house, hypertension, hypertensive heart disease, intermediate pile, inventory, involucre, involucrum, ischemic heart disease, jack, jam in, jumble, jump in, jump on, kibe, knub, lade, lamina, larder, large sum, lashings, lattice, leaf, leaflet, leave, leg, lemma, lesion, ligule, lint, load, loads, loot, lot, lots, lump, mane, mass, material, materials, materiel, mess, millions, mint, mint of money, mitral insufficiency, mitral stenosis, molehill, money, mound, mount, mountain, mow, much, munitions, myocardial infarction, myocardial insufficiency, myocarditis, myovascular insufficiency, nap, needle, neutron factory, newel-post, nub, nuclear furnace, oceans, oodles, overwhelm, ox heart, pack, pack away, pack in, packaged house, packet, pale, palisade, palpitation, papula, papule, paralytic stroke, paronychia, paroxysmal tachycardia, parulis, peck, pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peg, pelt, pericarditis, petal, petechia, picket, pier, pilaster, pile in, pile it on, pile out, pile up, piles, piling, pillar, pimple, pine needle, pit, plenitude, plenty, plethora, plinth, plush, plutonium reactor, pock, pocket, pole, polyp, post, pot, potful, power of money, power reactor, power-breeder reactor, prefab, prefabrication, premature beat, pretty penny, protuberance, provisionment, provisions, pseudoaortic insufficiency, pubescence, pubic hair, pulmonary insufficiency, pulmonary stenosis, pustule, pyramid, pyre, quantity, queen-post, quite a little, radioactive waste, raft, rafts, rations, reactor, reactor pile, repertoire, repertory, rheumatic heart disease, rick, rising, rods, roll, round heart, ruck, sack, scab, scads, sclerosis, seed leaf, sepal, setula, shaft, shag, shank, ship, shock, sight, skyscraper, slew, slews, slow pile, snowdrift, socle, soft chancre, sore, spate, spathe, spear, spile, spire, stack, stack up, stacks, staff, stake, stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, stellarator, stem, stigma, stipula, stipule, stock, stock-in-trade, stockpile, stony heart, store, stores, stow, stroke, structure, sty, subbase, superabundance, superstructure, supplies, supply, supply on hand, suppuration, surbase, surface, surface texture, swansdown, swelling, tachycardia, texture, thistledown, thousands, thrombosis, tidy sum, tons, tower, treasure, treasury, tricuspid insufficiency, tricuspid stenosis, trunk, tubercle, tumulus, turtle heart, ulcer, ulceration, upright, uranium reactor, varicose veins, varix, ventricular fibrillation, wad, wads, wale, wealth, weave, welt, wheal, whelk, whitlow, whole slew, windrow, woof, wool, wound