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English noun: pile

1. pile (group) a collection of objects laid on top of each other

Synonymsagglomerate, cumulation, cumulus, heap, mound

Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

Narrower (hyponym)compost heap, compost pile, dunghill, funeral pyre, midden, muckheap, muckhill, pyre, scrapheap, shock, slagheap, stack, stockpile, woodpile

2. pile (quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsbatch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad

Broader (hypernym)large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)deluge, flood, haymow, inundation, torrent

3. pile (possession) a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)

SamplesShe made a bundle selling real estate.
They sank megabucks into their new house.

Synonymsbig bucks, big money, bundle, megabucks

Broader (hypernym)money

Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

4. pile (body) fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)


Broader (hypernym)hair

Narrower (hyponym)lanugo

5. pile (artifact) battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta

Synonymsgalvanic pile, voltaic pile

Broader (hypernym)battery, electric battery

6. pile (artifact) a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure

Synonymspiling, spile, stilt

Broader (hypernym)column, pillar

Narrower (hyponym)sheath pile, sheet pile, sheet piling

7. pile (artifact) the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave

SamplesFor uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction.


Broader (hypernym)thread, yarn

8. pile (artifact) a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy

Synonymsatomic pile, atomic reactor, chain reactor

Broader (hypernym)nuclear reactor, reactor

English verb: pile

1. pile (contact) arrange in stacks

SamplesHeap firewood around the fireplace.
Stack your books up on the shelves.

ExamplesThey pile their rifles on the cabinet

Synonymsheap, stack

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

Narrower (hyponym)cord, rick

2. pile (motion) press tightly together or cram

SamplesThe crowd packed the auditorium.

Synonymsjam, mob, pack, throng

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)crowd, crowd together

3. pile (contact) place or lay as if in a pile

SamplesThe teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

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