Origin of piling
- an assemblage of things laid or lying one upon the other: a pile of papers; a pile of bricks.
- Informal. a large number, quantity, or amount of anything: a pile of work.
- a heap of wood on which a dead body, a living person, or a sacrifice is burned; pyre.
- a lofty or large building or group of buildings: the noble pile of Windsor Castle.
- Informal. a large accumulation of money: They made a pile on Wall Street.
- a bundle of pieces of iron ready to be welded and drawn out into bars; fagot.
- reactor(def 4).
- Electricity. voltaic pile.
- to lay or dispose in a pile (often followed by up): to pile up the fallen autumn leaves.
- to accumulate or store (often followed by up): to pile up money; squirrels piling up nuts against the winter.
- to cover or load with a pile: He piled the wagon with hay.
- to accumulate, as money, debts, evidence, etc. (usually followed by up).
- Informal. to move as a group in a more or less confused, disorderly cluster: to pile off a train.
- to gather, accumulate, or rise in a pile or piles (often followed by up): The snow is piling up on the roofs.
Origin of pile1
- a cylindrical or flat member of wood, steel, concrete, etc., often tapered or pointed at the lower end, hammered vertically into soil to form part of a foundation or retaining wall.
- Heraldry. an ordinary in the form of a wedge or triangle coming from one edge of the escutcheon, from the chief unless otherwise specified.
- Archery. the sharp head or striking end of an arrow, usually of metal and of the form of a wedge or conical nub.
- to furnish, strengthen, or support with piles.
- to drive piles into.
- in pile, Heraldry. (of a number of charges) arranged in the manner of a pile.
Origin of pile2
Related Wordsmountain, pyramid, chunk, lump, accumulation, hill, stockpile, hunk, mass, jumble, assortment, ocean, stack, quantity, pot, wad, bundle, load, assemble, collect
Examples from the Web for piling
Evidence is piling up that as men do more of the caregiving, violence against women falls.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
But the students chanced it, piling into three buses for the dangerous journey back home.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS
August 4, 2014
But it only barely makes up for the distress of watching the season of piling on.‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: The Depressing Demise of a Once-Great Show
February 24, 2014
Heck, even the Pope is piling on, warning against greed as a “new idolatry.”How Pope Francis’s Management Strategies Could Fix Wall Street
January 26, 2014
The reporting errors out of Boston after the marathon blasts are piling up—and so is the finger-wagging on Twitter.Boston Marathon Bombing Media Errors Pile Up, as Does the Outrage
April 18, 2013
The piling is left in permanently if it is not wanted again for use.
He went on carefully removing the honey, and piling it on the bank.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
When done, place the compote in the centre of the dish, piling it up high.Nelson's Home Comforts
They were piling up their score all the time and we were at a standstill.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
As they were piling their rifles, they heard a loud blubbering.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
- the act of driving piles
- a number of piles
- a structure formed of piles
- a collection of objects laid on top of one another or of other material stacked vertically; heap; mound
- informal a large amount of money (esp in the phrase make a pile)
- (often plural) informal a large amounta pile of work
- a less common word for pyre
- a large building or group of buildings
- short for voltaic pile
- physics a structure of uranium and a moderator used for producing atomic energy; nuclear reactor
- metallurgy an arrangement of wrought-iron bars that are to be heated and worked into a single bar
- the point of an arrow
- (often foll by up) to collect or be collected into or as if into a pilesnow piled up in the drive
- (intr; foll by in, into, off, out, etc) to move in a group, esp in a hurried or disorganized mannerto pile off the bus
- pile arms to prop a number of rifles together, muzzles together and upwards, butts forming the base
- pile it on informal to exaggerate
- 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
- to drive (piles) into the ground
- to provide or support (a structure) with piles
- the yarns in a fabric that stand up or out from the weave, as in carpeting, velvet, flannel, etc
- one of these yarns
- soft fine hair, fur, wool, etc
Word Origin and History for piling
"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.
- A hemorrhoid.
Idioms and Phrases with piling
In addition to the idioms beginning with pile
- pile into
- pile up
- make a bundle (pile)