Definition and Meanings for pile

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Part of Speech of pile

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of pile

l. pilus hair. cf. peruke l. pilum javelin. see pile a stake as. p arrow, stake, l. pilum javelin; but cf. also l. pila pillar cf. f. pile f. pile, l. pila a pillar, a pier or mole of stone. cf. pillar f. pile pile, an engraved die, l. pila a pillar

Meaning of pile

as noun

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

as noun

  • the head of an arrow or spear.

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

as transitive verb

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

as noun

  • a mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
  • a mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  • a funeral pile; a pyre.
  • a large building, or mass of buildings.

as noun

  • same as fagot, n., 2.
  • 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.
  • the reverse of a coin. see reverse.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • to cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  • No antonyms for pile

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