a heap of things laid or lying one on top of another
he placed the books in a neat pile
tottering piles of dirty dishes
a large imposing building or group of buildings
a Victorian Gothic pile
a series of plates of dissimilar metals laid one on another alternately to produce an electric current.
a nuclear reactor.
place (things) one on top of the other
she piled all the groceries on the counter
(of a group of people) get into or out of a vehicle or space in a disorganized manner
ten of us piled into the minibus
we all piled in and headed off to our mysterious destination
my students piled out of three cars
a heavy stake or post driven vertically into the bed of a river, soft ground, etc., to support the foundations of a superstructure.
a triangular charge or ordinary formed by two lines meeting at an acute angle, usually pointing down from the top of the shield.
strengthen or support (a structure) with piles
an earlier bridge may have been piled
the soft projecting surface of a carpet or a fabric such as velvet or flannel, consisting of many small threads
the thick pile of the new rugs