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See also píle, and pīle

English

Etymology

Akin to late Old Norse píla (arrow) (whence the Danish pil), from Latin pilum (heavy javelin).

Most definitions taken from the public domain 1913 US Webster’s Unabridged dictionary

Pronunciation

Noun

pile

  1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
    • 1889, Haggard, Cleopatra:
      I climbed through, and, standing on a pile of stones, lifted and dragged Cleopatra after me. [1]
  2. 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. —Cowper
  3. A covering of hair or fur.
  4. A large stake, or piece of timber, steel section pointed and driven into the earth or drilled and cast reinforced concrete, 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.
    • 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      All this time I worked very hard...and it is scarce credible what inexpressible labour everything was done with, especially the bringing piles out of the woods and driving them into the ground; for I made them much bigger than I needed to have done.
  5. The head of an arrow or spear.
  6. (heraldry) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  7. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  8. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  9. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  10. A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a fagot.
  11. 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.
  12. The reverse (or tails) of a coin. (Obs)
  13. A hemorrhoid (usually it is in plural)

Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to pile

Third person singular
pil

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to pile (third-person singular simple present pil, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (transitive) To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  4. (transitive) To add something to a great number.
  5. (transitive) (of vehicles) To create a hold up.
  6. A structure supported on piled foundations
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Related terms


Bosnian

Noun

pile n (plural pilad)

  1. chick

Croatian

Noun

pile n (plural pilad)

  1. chick

Declension


French

Etymology

Latin pila

Pronunciation

Noun

pile f. (plural piles)

  1. heap
  2. pillar
  3. battery
  4. tail of a coin

Serbian

Noun

pile n. (plural pilad) (Cyrillic spelling пиле)

  1. chick

Spanish

Verb

pile (infinitive: pilar)

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of pilar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of pilar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of pilar.

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