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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)


Synonymsdown


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.


Synonymsnap


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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