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pile1

 
 
pronunciation:
paIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an accumulation of things on top of each other; heap; stack.
a pile of laundry
 
synonyms:
heap, mound, stack
similar words:
accumulation, agglomerate, assortment, bank, collection, cumulus, hill, mass, mountain, mow, rick
definition 2: (informal) a large amount of anything.
He earns a pile of money.
synonyms:
abundance, accumulation, cumulus, heap, hill, mass, mound, mountain, ocean, sea, stack, store, volume, world
similar words:
hoard, profusion, stock, stockpile
definition 3: the part of a nuclear reactor in which fission takes place.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: piled, piles, piling
definition 1: to place in a pile or form a pile from (often fol. by up).
He piled up his pennies.
synonyms:
heap, stack
similar words:
accumulate, agglomerate, amass, drift, mound, pyramid
definition 2: to place a pile upon; heap.
She piled the floor with the engine parts.
synonyms:
heap, stack
similar words:
accumulate, agglomerate, pyramid
definition 3: to accumulate or gather (often fol. by up).
He is piling up points toward the championship.
synonyms:
accumulate, amass, collect, cumulate, garner, gather
similar words:
assemble, compile, forgather, group, hoard, marshal
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become greater in number or size (usu. fol. by up).
His obligations piled up.
synonyms:
accumulate, agglomerate, increase
similar words:
accrue, grow, heap, pyramid, stack
definition 2: to proceed as a group, esp. without order.
We all piled into the taxi.
similar words:
flock, herd, swarm, throng, tumble
definition 3: to form a pile or heap (often fol. by up).
The chunks of river ice piled up at the dam.
synonyms:
agglomerate, heap, stack
similar words:
accumulate, pyramid
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