The value of these terms lies in their baroqueness, in the way they pile up upon each other like garish baubles.
Green Salad—pile green salad high on your plate—just avoid the fatty dressings.
While not in any way true, a higher debt ceiling sounds like a green light to pile up more debt.
In early October, Health Republic allowed me to submit a “grievance claim” which I filed, along with a pile of backup documents.
The articles began to pile up, each bleaker than the one before.
The owners of the sticks in one pile formed a side for the game.
A pile of personal objects lay on the table when he had finished.
Clutching a pile of clothing and a pair of slippers, Nasen returned.
This was to pile millions upon millions by any possible means.
Bring me that rope off them pile of boxes while I make him fast.
"mass, heap," early 15c., originally "pillar, pier of a bridge," from Middle French pile and directly from Latin pila "stone barrier, pillar, pier" (see pillar). Sense development in Latin from "pier, harbor wall of stones," to "something heaped up." In English, sense of "heap of things" is attested from mid-15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-14c.). The meaning "large building" (late 14c.) is probably the same word.
"heavy pointed beam," from Old English pil "stake," also "arrow," from Latin pilum heavy javelin of the Roman foot soldier, literally "pestle" (source of Old Norse pila, Old High German pfil, German Pfeil "arrow"), of uncertain origin.
"soft, raised surface upon cloth," mid-14c., "downy plumage," from Anglo-French pyle or Middle Dutch pijl, both from Latin pilus "a hair" (source of Italian pelo, Old French pel). Phonological evidence rules out transmission of the English word via Old French cognate peil, poil. Meaning "nap upon cloth" is from 1560s.
"to heap up," mid-14c.; see pile (n.1). Related: Piled; piling. Figurative verbal expression pile on "attack vigorously, attack en masse," is from 1894, American English.
To dash; run; thrust oneself: I piled after her hell to split (1948+)
1. Polytechnic's Instructional Language for Educators. Similar in use to an enhanced PILOT, but structurally more like Pascal with Awk-like associative arrays (optionally stored on disk). Distributed to about 50 sites by Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation for Apple II and CP/M.
["A Universal Computer Aided Instruction System," Henry G. Dietz & Ronald J Juels, Proc Natl Educ Computing Conf '83, pp.279-282].