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Definition of Heap


  1. A crowd; a throng; a multitude or great number of persons.
  2. A great number or large quantity of things not placed in a pile.
  3. A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body, or thrown together so as to form an elevation; as, a heap of earth or stones.
  4. To collect in great quantity; to amass; to lay up; to accumulate; -- usually with up; as, to heap up treasures.
  5. To throw or lay in a heap; to make a heap of; to pile; as, to heap stones; -- often with up; as, to heap up earth; or with on; as, to heap on wood or coal.
  6. To form or round into a heap, as in measuring; to fill (a measure) more than even full.

Heap Quotations

A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.

This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still.
Joseph Conrad

It doesn't pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke, Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he'll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn't say.
Jules Renard

My mother was very strong. Once, she picked up a coconut and smashed it against my father's head. It taught me about women defending themselves and not collapsing in a heap.
Alice Walker
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Heap Translations

heap in Afrikaans is menigte, massa, stapel, skare, klomp
heap in Dutch is ophopen, opeenhopen, accumuleren
heap in Finnish is kasa
heap in Norwegian is haug
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