pile1 [pīl]
[ME < MFr < L pila, pillar]
1. a mass of things heaped together; heap
2. a heap of wood or other combustible material on which a corpse or sacrifice is burned
3. a large building or group of buildings
4. Informal
a) a large amount or number
b) a lot of money; fortune
5. Elec. a voltaic pile or any other similar device that produces an electric current; battery
6. former term for NUCLEAR REACTOR
piled, piling
1. to put or set in a pile; heap up
2. to cover with a pile; load
3. to accumulate
4. to crash, wreck, etc.: Often with up
1. to form a pile or heap
2. to move in a mass; crowd: with in, into, out, on, off, etc.
3. to crash (into)
pile2 [pīl]
[ME pile, bird's down < L pilus, hair < IE base * pilo- > L pila, ball, Gr pilos, felt]
1. a soft, velvety, raised surface on a rug, fabric, etc., produced by making yarn loops on the body of the material and, often, shearing them
2. soft, fine hair, as on wool, fur, etc.
pile3 [pīl]
[ME pil < OE, akin to Ger pfeil < WGmc borrowing < L pilum, javelin]
1. a long, heavy timber or beam driven into the ground, sometimes under water, to support a bridge, dock, etc.
2. any similar supporting member, as of concrete
3. Heraldry a wedge-shaped bearing with the point usually downward
piled, piling
1. to drive piles into
2. to support or strengthen with piles

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