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- A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
- 1889, Haggard, Cleopatra:
- I climbed through, and, standing on a pile of stones, lifted and dragged Cleopatra after me. 
- A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet.
- Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile. —Cowper
- A covering of hair or fur.
- A large stake, or piece of timber, steel section pointed and driven into the earth or drilled and cast reinforced concrete, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
- 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
- All this time I worked very hard...and it is scarce credible what inexpressible labour everything was done with, especially the bringing piles out of the woods and driving them into the ground; for I made them much bigger than I needed to have done.
- The head of an arrow or spear.
- One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
- A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
- A funeral pile; a pyre.
- A large building, or mass of buildings.
- 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.
- 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.
- The reverse (or tails) of a coin. (Obs)
- A hemorrhoid (usually it is in plural)
- To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
- 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.
- To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
- To add something to a great number.
- (of vehicles) To create a hold up.
- A structure supported on piled foundations