pile

1
[ pahyl ]
/ paɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), piled, pil·ing.

verb (used without object), piled, pil·ing.

Origin of pile

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pīla pillar, mole of stone
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British Dictionary definitions for pile up (1 of 4)

pile up


verb (adverb)

to gather or be gathered in a pile; accumulate
informal to crash or cause to crash

noun pile-up

informal a multiple collision of vehicles

British Dictionary definitions for pile up (2 of 4)

pile

1
/ (paɪl) /

noun

verb

See also pile up

Word Origin for pile

C15: via Old French from Latin pīla stone pier

British Dictionary definitions for pile up (3 of 4)

pile

2
/ (paɪl) /

noun

a long column of timber, concrete, or steel that is driven into the ground to provide a foundation for a vertical load (a bearing pile) or a group of such columns to resist a horizontal load from earth or water pressure (a sheet pile)
heraldry an ordinary shaped like a wedge, usually displayed point-downwards

verb (tr)

to drive (piles) into the ground
to provide or support (a structure) with piles

Word Origin for pile

Old English pīl, from Latin pīlum

British Dictionary definitions for pile up (4 of 4)

pile

3
/ (paɪl) /

noun

textiles
  1. the yarns in a fabric that stand up or out from the weave, as in carpeting, velvet, flannel, etc
  2. one of these yarns
soft fine hair, fur, wool, etc

Word Origin for pile

C15: from Anglo-Norman pyle, from Latin pilus hair
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Medicine definitions for pile up

pile

[ pīl ]

n.

A hemorrhoid.
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Idioms and Phrases with pile up (1 of 2)

pile up


1

Accumulate, as in The leaves piled up in the yard, or He piled up a huge fortune. In this idiom pile means “form a heap or mass of something.” [Mid-1800s]

2

Be involved in a crash, as in When the police arrived, at least four cars had piled up. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with pile up (2 of 2)

pile


In addition to the idioms beginning with pile

  • pile into
  • pile up

also see:

  • make a bundle (pile)
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