(noun, verb)


1. a collection of objects laid on top of each other

Similar word(s): agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus, heap, mound

Definition categories: group, accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

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

Similar word(s): batch, deal, flock, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, plenty, pot, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, wad

Definition categories: quantity

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

Similar word(s): bundle, megabucks

Definition categories: possession, money

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

Similar word(s): down

Definition categories: body, hair

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

Definition categories: man–made, battery

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

Similar word(s): piling, spile, stilt

Definition categories: man–made, column, pillar

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

- for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction

Similar word(s): nap

Definition categories: man–made, thread, yarn

8. a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy

Definition categories: man–made, reactor

Sentences with pile as a noun:

- When we were looking for a new housemate, we put the nice woman on the "maybe" pile, and the annoying guy on the "no" pile.

- a pile of shot


1. arrange in stacks

Similar word(s): heap, stack

Definition categories: contact, arrange

2. press tightly together or cram

Similar word(s): jam, mob, pack, throng

Definition categories: motion, crowd

3. place or lay as if in a pile

- The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested

Definition categories: contact, lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Sentences with pile as a verb:

- We piled the camel with our loads.