Other forms: piled; piles; piling

A pile is a heap of stuff that keeps accumulating, like the dirty laundry in the back of your closet, or Uncle Scrooge’s money.

Pile can be used as a noun or a verb. If you pile rocks on top of each other, you will eventually have a...pile of rocks. Unlike the word stack, pile implies that your heap of stuff is fairly messy. It can also mean cram. When eight people pile into a car with only five seats, they’re likely to be pretty much squashed.

Definitions of pile
  1. noun
    a collection of objects laid on top of each other
    synonyms: agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus, heap, mound
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    compost heap, compost pile
    a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost
    dunghill, midden, muckheap, muckhill
    a heap of dung or refuse
    pile of discarded metal
    a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field
    pile of waste matter from coal mining etc
    an orderly pile
    funeral pyre, pyre
    wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
    a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel
    a storage pile accumulated for future use
    hayrick, haystack, rick
    a stack of hay
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
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    barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
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    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  3. noun
    a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
    synonyms: big bucks, big money, bundle, megabucks
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    wealth reckoned in terms of money
  4. verb
    place or lay as if in a pile
    “The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested”
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  5. verb
    arrange in stacks
    synonyms: heap, stack
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    pile in ricks
    stack in cords
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  6. verb
    press tightly together or cram
    synonyms: jam, mob, pack, throng
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    crowd, crowd together
    to gather together in large numbers
  7. noun
    fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
    synonyms: down
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    the fine downy hair covering a human fetus; normally shed during the ninth month of gestation
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    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  8. noun
    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”
    synonyms: nap
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    thread, yarn
    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
  9. noun
    battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
    synonyms: galvanic pile, voltaic pile
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    battery, electric battery
    a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
  10. noun
    a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    synonyms: piling, spile, stilt
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    sheath pile, sheet pile, sheet piling
    a pile in a row of piles driven side by side to retain earth or prevent seepage
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    column, pillar
    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
  11. noun
    a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy
    synonyms: atomic pile, atomic reactor, chain reactor
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    nuclear reactor, reactor
    (physics) any of several kinds of apparatus that maintain and control a nuclear reaction for the production of energy or artificial elements




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