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Pile appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Noel, I prevail," I aver, "pile on!"
  • To get a helipad, I hid a pile hate got.
  • To note dull aisles made vital up in a motel, I pay a pile to manipulative damsels I allude to not.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pile:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pile:


The word pile is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pile

What does pile mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: piles

  1. a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  2. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  3. a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
  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)
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of pile: down
    • more generic word: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
    • more specific word: lanugo = the fine downy hair covering a human fetus
  5. battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
  6. a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of pile: piling / spile / stilt
    • more generic words: column / pillar = a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
    • more specific terms: sheet piling / sheath pile / sheet pile = a pile in a row of piles driven side by side to retain earth or prevent seepage
  7. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of pile: nap
    • more generic words: thread / yarn = a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
  8. a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy

Alternative definition of the noun pile


  1. [obsolete] A dart; an arrow.
  2. The head of an arrow or spear.
  3. A large stake, or piece of pointed timber, steel etc., driven into the earth or sea-bed for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
  4. [heraldiccharge] One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  5. [context: usually in plural] A hemorrhoid.
  6. A mass of things heaped together; a heap.
  7. [figuratively, informal] A group or list of related items up for consideration, especially in some kind of selection process.
  8. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  9. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  10. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  11. A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a fagot.
  12. 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.
  13. [obsolete] The reverse (or tails) of a coin.
  14. Hair, especially when very fine or short; the fine underfur of certain animals. (Formerly countable, now treated as a collective singular.)
  15. The raised hairs, loops or strands of a fabric; to nap of a cloth.

Definition of the verb pile

What does pile mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: piled | piling | piles

  1. arrange in stacks
    • example: They pile their rifles on the cabinet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Destination]Jessica squirted water at me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Destination]Crowds packed the stands
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Locative or Directional Preposition] [Destination]Paint sprayed onto the wall

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): cram, crowd, jam, pack.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pile: heap / stack
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
    • more specific words:
      • rick = pile in ricks
      • cord = stack in cords
  2. press tightly together or cram
  3. place or lay as if in a pile
    • example: The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location

Alternative definition of the verb pile


  1. [transitive] To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
  2. [transitive] 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.
  3. [transitive] To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  4. [transitive] To add something to a great number.
  5. [transitive] (of vehicles) To create a hold-up.


  1. Pile: Eriko Hori, better known by her stage name Pile, is a Japanese singer and voice actress from Tokyo. She is known for her role as Maki Nishikino in the Love Live! video game and anime franchise. Her first roles were minor parts in TV series and films during 2006. She debuted as a singer after she was selected in a 2006 Japan-wide audition, and she made her debut as a voice actress in Love Live! in 2010.
  2. Pile a.k.a. Victoria Pile, also known as Vicky Pile, is a British comedy writer, director and producer, most noted as the creator of two Channel 4 comedy programmes, the sketch show Smack the Pony and the sitcom Green Wing.

There are other people with in their name, like Chris Pile, Willie Pile, William A. Pile, Frederick Alfred Pile.


  1. Pile is a musical group.
    • albums: "Jerk Routine", "Dripping", "Magic Isn't Real", "Demonstration"
  2. Pile is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Pile Up, Pile-Up, One Car Pile-Up, 16 Bitch Pile-Up, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up and A Great Big Pile of Leaves.


  1. Pile is a fictional character from the 2010 film Tilva Roš.
  2. Pile is a fictional character from Ubo Roi.


"Pile" is an artwork by Anna Ticho.


  1. Pile: In textiles, pile is the raised surface or nap of a fabric, which is made of upright loops or strands of yarn. Examples of pile textiles are carpets, corduroy, velvet, plush, and Turkish towels.
  2. Pile weave is a form of textile created by weaving. Pile fabrics used to be made on traditional hand weaving machines. The warp ends that are used for the formation of the pile are woven over metal rods or wires that are inserted in the shed during weaving. The pile ends lie in loops over the inserted rods. When a rod is extracted the pile ends remain as loops on top of the base fabric.
    • also known as Pile weave
  3. Pile: In heraldry, a pile is a charge usually counted as one of the ordinaries.
  4. Pile: In computer science, a pile is an abstract data type for storing data in a loosely ordered way. There are two different usages of the term; one refers to an ordered deque, the other to an improved heap.
  5. pilE is a gene.
  6. Pile: A pile is one type of building foundation. Piles are used when the soil near the ground surface is not strong and the weight of the building must be carried by deeper soil layers. The strength or bearing capacity of the soil can be measured using a cone penetration test.

Phrases with Pile

Phrases starting with the word Pile:

  1. Pile on
  2. pile up
  3. Pile-Up
  4. Pile Perch
  5. pile driver
  6. Pile of Shit
  7. pile dwelling

Phrases ending with the word Pile:

  1. junk pile
  2. screw pile
  3. sheet pile
  4. Slash Pile
  5. Slush pile
  6. trash pile
  7. atomic pile
  8. Bunsen Pile
  9. sheath pile
  10. compost pile
  11. voltaic pile
  12. galvanic pile

Other phrase containing the word Pile:

  1. to pile up

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Printed books with definitions for Pile

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Google previewGet Organized the Simple Way: Gain Control of Your Time and Your Life

A big To Do pile is a sign that we need to evaluate our workload (see Chapter 6). A big To File pile is a sign that our filing system needs tweaking. Working harder doesn't change anything if the system itself isn't working. Electronic Filing ...

Google previewSingle Piles and Pile Groups Under Lateral Loading (2000)

by Lymon C. Reese, Willem van Impe

The pile is a I4HP89 (U.S.) structural shape, with a penetration of 15.2 m, loading is against the strong axis, pile is assumed to be supporting a retaining wall; thus, the loading is static. The bending moment at the first yield of the steel was found ...

Google previewRecommendations on Piling (EA Pfähle) (2013)

by Deutsche Gesellschaft f?r Geotechnik e.V. / German Geotechnical Society

The Franki pile is a cast-in-place concrete pile with internal tube driving to DIN EN 12699 and is installed with an enlarged pile base. (2) The drive tube is driven into the ground by means of free fall impact driving within the tube (internal ...

Google previewReading Comprehension, Grade 4 (2008)

A compost pile is a fun science experiment. Page 41, How Earthquakes Happen 1. (Draw small picture like one on page 41 and label crust, mantle, outer core, inner core.); 2. fault; 3. Underground gas lines may break.; 4. Plates bump, crunch ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Year-Round Gardening (2010)

by Delilah Smittle, Sheri Richerson

Creating a compost pile is a great way to kill the grass and weeds in an area and to enrich the soil before you even start the garden. Bins, Piles, Sheets, Underground There are many ways to confine compost. You can buy a contained , heated ...

Google previewTerri O's Easy Embellishing (2006)

Instantly Accessorize Everyday Objects by Suzanne Chase, Terri O

©fid Gfiotking and c-Accesso/ttes Your own thrift store pile is a great source for buttons, denim, other fabrics, and trims to recvcle. In addition, consider the spare buttons you sometimes get in a little packet when vou purchase a garment.

Google previewThe Design of Piled Foundations (2013)

Structures and Solid Body Mechanics by Thomas Whitaker

Essentially a pile is an elongated or columnar body installed in the ground for the purpose of transmitting forces to the ground. This extremely wide definition covers piles formed in any manner and allows for the inclusion of piles with ...

Google previewBlueDrop Series Rain water harvesting and Utilisation

Pile is a commonly used technique for RWH in gardens, playgrounds and public places. A 2-3 m deep hole is manually dug. The bottom one-third is ...

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Quotes about Pile

horse manure
a pile of it
avoid it
and walk around it
spray perfume
to cover it

remove it
or complain about it
step in it
then curse it
shovel it
bury it.

Horse manure
a pile of it
collect it
grow flowers
horse manure
make use of it. (Frances May)
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Scrabble value of P3I1L1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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