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  Dictionary Definition of piles

pile [1]
noun, verb, piled, piling.

-- noun
1. an assemblage of things laid or lying one upon another in a more or less orderly fashion: a pile of boxes.
2. Colloquial a large number, quantity, or amount of anything: a pile of things to do.
3. a heap of wood on which a dead body, a living person, or a sacrifice is burnt.
4. a lofty or large building or mass of buildings.
5. Colloquial a large accumulation of money.
6. Metallurgy a bundle of pieces of iron ready to be welded and drawn out into bars; faggot.
7. Physics a latticework of uranium and various moderating substances used to produce plutonium in the original harnessing of atomic energy, essentially a means of controlling the nuclear chain reaction; atomic pile; nuclear reactor.
8. voltaic pile.
9. Military arms arranged systematically.
-- verb (t)
10. to cover or load, with a pile or piles.
-- verb (i)
11. Colloquial to move ( in, into, out, off, down, etc.) in a body and more or less confusedly.
12. to gather or rise in a pile or piles, as snow, etc.
-- phrase
13. pile arms, to prop (usu. four) rifles, muskets, etc., in the form of a pyramid, with the muzzles pointing upwards.
14. pile on, to keep on accumulating in a pile; heap up.
15. pile on the agony or pile it on, Colloquial to exaggerate.
16. pile up, a. to lay or dispose in or as in a pile. b. to accumulate: to pile up debts. c. to mount up or accumulate, as money, debts, evidence, etc. d. Colloquial (of a vehicle, driver, etc.) to crash.
[ME, from OF, from L pila pillar, pier, mole]