What is pile?

More definitions of "pile":

  • (verb): Place or lay as if in a pile.
    Example: "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
  • (noun): A collection of objects laid on top of each other.
    Synonyms: heap, mound, cumulus
  • (noun): Battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta.
    Synonyms: voltaic pile, galvanic pile
  • (noun): The yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave.
    Example: "For uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction"
    Synonyms: nap
  • (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).
    Synonyms: down
  • (noun): A column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure.
    Synonyms: spile, piling, stilt
  • (verb): Arrange in stacks.
    Synonyms: stack, heap

Famous quotes containing the word pile:

    For every parcel I stoop down to seize
    I lose some other off my arms and knees,
    And the whole pile is slipping, bottles, buns ...
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    That age will be rich indeed when those relics which we call Classics, and the still older and more than classic but even less known Scriptures of the nations, shall have still further accumulated, when the Vaticans shall be filled with Vedas and Zendavestas and Bibles, with Homers and Dantes and Shakespeares, and all the centuries to come shall have successively deposited their trophies in the forum of the world. By such a pile we may hope to scale heaven at last.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Science is facts. Just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.
    Jules Henri Poincare (1854–1912)