What does pile mean?

Definitions for pilepaɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pile, heap, mound, agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus(noun)

    a collection of objects laid on top of each other

  2. 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(noun)

    (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"

  3. pile, bundle, big bucks, megabucks, big money(noun)

    a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)

    "she made a bundle selling real estate"; "they sank megabucks into their new house"

  4. down, pile(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)

  5. voltaic pile, pile, galvanic pile(noun)

    battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta

  6. pile, spile, piling, stilt(noun)

    a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure

  7. pile, nap(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"

  8. atomic pile, atomic reactor, pile, chain reactor(verb)

    a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy

  9. stack, pile, heap(verb)

    arrange in stacks

    "heap firewood around the fireplace"; "stack your books up on the shelves"

  10. throng, mob, pack, pile, jam(verb)

    press tightly together or cram

    "The crowd packed the auditorium"

  11. pile(verb)

    place or lay as if in a pile

    "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pile(noun)

    a hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet

  2. Pile(noun)

    a covering of hair or fur

  3. Pile(noun)

    the head of an arrow or spear

  4. Pile(noun)

    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

  5. Pile(noun)

    one of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost

  6. Pile(verb)

    to drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles

  7. Pile(noun)

    a mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood

  8. Pile(noun)

    a mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot

  9. Pile(noun)

    a funeral pile; a pyre

  10. Pile(noun)

    a large building, or mass of buildings

  11. Pile(noun)

    same as Fagot, n., 2

  12. Pile(noun)

    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

  13. Pile(noun)

    the reverse of a coin. See Reverse

  14. Pile(verb)

    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

  15. Pile(verb)

    to cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load

  16. Origin: [L. pilus hair. Cf. Peruke.]


  1. Pile

    Pile weave is a form of textile created by weaving. Pile fabrics used to be made on traditional hand weaving machines. The warp ends that are used for the formation of the pile are woven over metal rods or wires that are inserted in the shed during weaving. The pile ends lie in loops over the inserted rods. When a rod is extracted the pile ends remain as loops on top of the base fabric. The pile ends lying over the rod may be left as 'loop pile', or cut to form 'cut pile' or velvet. On mechanical looms the technology of 'wire weaving' still exists, using modern technology and electronics. This weaving technique allows users to obtain both loop pile and cut pile in the same fabric. Other techniques involve the weaving of two layers of fabric on top of each other, whereby the warp ends used for the pile are inserted in such a way that they form a vertical connection between the two layers of fabric. By cutting the pile ends in between the two layers one obtains two separate pile fabrics. With this technique only the cut pile effect can be obtained. This is known as 'face-to-face weaving'. Both 'wire weaving' and 'face-to-face' weaving are used for the manufacturing of upholstery and furnishing fabrics as well as in rug making.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pile

    pīl, n. a roundish mass: a heap of separate objects: combustibles, esp. for burning dead bodies: a large building: a heap of shot or shell: (elect.) a form of battery consisting of a number of dissimilar metal plates laid in pairs one above another, with an acid solution between them: (slang) a large amount of money: a fortune.—v.t. to lay in a pile or heap: to collect in a mass: to heap up: to fill above the brim.—n. Pī′ler, one who forms into a heap.—Pile arms, to place three muskets with fixed bayonets so that the butts remain firm, the muzzles close together pointing obliquely—also Stack arms. [Fr.,—L. pĭla, a ball.]

  2. Pile

    pīl, n. a pillar: a large stake driven into the earth to support foundations: a pyramidal figure in a heraldic bearing.—v.t. to drive piles into.—ns. Pile′-driv′er, Pile′-en′gine, an engine for driving down piles; Pile′-dwell′ing, a dwelling built on piles, a lake-dwelling; Pile′work, work or foundations made of piles; Pile′-worm, a worm found eating into the timber of piles and ships: the teredo. [A.S. píl—L. pīla, a pillar.]

  3. Pile

    pīl, n. hair, fur: the nap on cloth, esp. if regular and closely set.—v.t. to furnish with pile, to make shaggy.—adj. Pile′-worn, worn threadbare. [O. Fr. peil, poil—L. pĭlus, a hair.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Pile

    A galvanic or voltaic battery. It is sometimes restricted to a number of voltaic couples connected. It should be only applied to batteries with superimposed plates and no containing vessel such as the Dry Pile, q. v., or Volta's Pile, q. v.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pile' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3477

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pile' in Nouns Frequency: #1667

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pile' in Verbs Frequency: #1067


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pile in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andre Malraux:

    What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.

  2. Thomas Alva Edison:

    To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

  3. Paul Schoenfeld:

    The cash pile is a temptation for Mr. Bollore and the management.

  4. Michigan State Police:

    As you can imagine, it's not easy to count vehicles as they pile up.

  5. Cornell University:

    They basically fall apart into a pile of goo on the bottom of the seafloor.

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