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pile1 / pīl/ • n. a heap of things laid or lying one on top of another: he placed the books in a neat pile. ∎ inf. a large amount of something: the growing pile of work. ∎ inf. a lot of money: he is admired for having made a pile for himself. ∎  a large imposing building or group of buildings: a Victorian Gothic pile. ∎  a series of plates of dissimilar metals laid one on another alternately to produce an electric current. ∎  dated term for nuclear reactor. ∎ archaic a funeral pyre. • v. 1. [tr.] place (things) one on top of another: she piled all the groceries on the counter. ∎  (be piled with) be stacked or loaded with: his in-box was piled high with papers. ∎  (pile up) [intr.] increase in quantity: the work has piled up. ∎  (pile something up) cause to increase in quantity: the debts he piled up. ∎  (pile something on) inf. intensify or exaggerate something for effect: you can pile on the guilt, but my heart has turned to stone. 2. [intr.] (pile in/out) (of a group of people) get into or out of a vehicle in a disorganized manner: we all piled in and headed off to our mysterious destination my students piled out of three cars. ∎  (pile into) (of a vehicle) crash into: 60 cars piled into each other on I-95. PHRASES: make one's pile inf. make a lot of money. pile armssee stack arms at stack. pile it on inf. exaggerate the seriousness of a situation or of someone's behavior to increase guilt or distress. pile2 • n. 1. a heavy beam or post driven vertically into the bed of a river, soft ground, etc., to support the foundations of a structure. 2. Heraldry a triangular charge or ordinary formed by two lines meeting at an acute angle, usually pointing down from the top of the shield. • v. [tr.] strengthen or support (a structure) with piles. pile3 • n. the soft projecting surface of a carpet or of a fabric such as velvet, consisting of many small threads. • v. [tr.] [usu. in comb.] (-piled) furnish with a pile: a thick-piled carpet.

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pile, post of timber, steel, or concrete used to support a structure. Vertical piles, or bearing piles, the most common form, are generally needed for the foundations of bridges, docks, piers, and buildings. Slender tree trunks, roughly trimmed and about 10 in. (25.4 cm) thick at the butt, are used in foundations for houses. Wooden piles last a very long time underwater but are subject to decay when buried underground. They are shaped for driving and sometimes have a pointed iron shoe set on the sharp end, with the butt end encircled by an iron band to prevent brooming under the blows of the pile driver. Their length is usually 20 to 60 ft (6.1–18.3 m), and they are generally spaced 3 or 4 ft (.9 or 1.2 m) apart from center to center. Concrete piles are generally of two types, the precast and the cast-in-place. They are very strong and durable, do not deteriorate when wholly in the ground, and are immune to the attacks of boring insects. Precast piles are made of concrete reinforced with steel bars looped one to the other and are tipped and topped with protective steel when driven into the ground. The steel is not needed when the piles are set by the force of jets of water; in this method an iron pipe is set in the center of the pile, and water under pressure is sent down to wash away the sand, silt, or soft earth that it is to displace. Only in such subsurfaces can the water-jet system be employed. Cast-in-place piles are variously made. One method consists of driving a steel shell into the ground and filling it with concrete, after which the shell is withdrawn and the molded concrete is in place. Sheet piling consists of wooden boards or interlocking steel plates and is used largely as a cofferdam to keep water from structural work, piers, and buildings. Concrete sheet piling is also used. Pilings are driven into the ground by pile drivers using drop hammers, diesel hammers, steam hammers, or compressed-air hammers. More recently, high-powered ultrasonic vibrators have come into use for driving piles.

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pile.
1. Any building with architectural pretensions, such as a castle or a country-house.

2. Mole or pier in the sea.

3. Pier e.g. of a bridge.

4. Large upright timber post hammered into marshy or uncertain ground to support a superstructure. Later piles were cylindrical or other hollow forms of iron or steel, and more recently piles are of reinforced concrete.

5. Row of rooms, hence a double-pile house is two rooms deep, with or without a corridor between them.

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Pile

a disordered heap of things; a large clump or collection of things; a heap of wood or faggots; a lofty mass of buildings.

Examples : pile of dead carcasses, 1656; of clothes, 1440; of clouds, 1812; of conjectures, 1835; of faggots, 1902; of islands; of justice, 1770; of letters and packages, 1891; of money, 1876; of shot; of stones; of trees, 1854; of wealth, 1613; of weapons, 1608; of wood, 1744.

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pile2 †pillar, pier; heap of things laid one upon the other XV; heap of combustibles XVI; lofty mass of buildings XVII; series of metal plates in a battery XIX. — (O)F. pile heap, pyramid, mass of masonry:- L. pīla pillar, pier.
Hence pile vb. heap up. XV.

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pile1 †dart, shaft, spike OE.; pointed stake or post, esp. for driving into soft ground for support of a structure XI; (her.) charge of the form Λ XV. OE. pīl = MLG., MDu. pīl (Du. pijl), OHG. pfil (G. pfeil) — L. pīlum javelin.

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pile Timber, steel, or concrete sheet or column sunk into loose ground or cast in a borehole to carry vertical or horizontal loads and provide support under earth or water pressure.

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pile3 fine soft hair XV; nap of cloth XVI. prob. — AN. pyle, var. of peil kind of cloth, (O)F. poil :- L. pilus hair.

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piles / pīlz/ • pl. n. hemorrhoids.

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pile4 haemorrhoid. XV. prob. — L. pila ball.

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piles (pylz) pl. n. see haemorrhoids.

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piles: see hemorrhoids.

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piles See haemorrhoids.

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