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Definition of Pile

Pile

  1. A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet.
  2. A covering of hair or fur.
  3. The head of an arrow or spear.
  4. 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. One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  6. To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
  7. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
  8. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  9. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  10. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  11. Same as Fagot, n., 2.
  12. 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. The reverse of a coin. See Reverse.
  14. 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. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.

Pile Quotations

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. - Thomas A. Edison
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas A. Edison

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives. Look at us. We run a tightrope daily, balancing a pile of books on the head. Baby-carriage, parasol, kitchen chair, still under control. Steady now! This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers.
Aldo Leopold
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Pile Translations

pile in Afrikaans is aambei, menigte, skare, klomp, stapel, massa
pile in Dutch is boel, drom, menigte, hoop, massa
pile in Finnish is kasa
pile in Portuguese is pilha