Definition of 'pile'
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Video footage taken inside those parts of the hotel still standing showed snow piled up in the corridors. Times, Sunday Times (2017)There are some unlikely Cup stars who have finished top of the pile in the past. The Sun (2017)The country is in ruins, a pile of rubble. The Sun (2016)I have a huge pile to get through. The Sun (2016)Those who lost weight then piled it on again were 3½ times more likely to die suddenly from heart abnormalities. The Sun (2016)WHEN you are struggling at the bottom of the money pile it can be tough to see a way out. The Sun (2016)All that's left is a huge pile of Cotswold stone. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Crack in the eggs and mix well, then transfer to the lined loaf tin, piling it up high. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You will soon pile on the pounds if these are your favourite sweets. The Sun (2016)There will be simply a pile of rubble instead of buildings that might have had tenants. Times, Sunday Times (2008)We ran down into the basement and all piled into one of two cold rooms. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The house was piled high with books. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The floor is covered with thick pile cream rugs and almost the same volume of wires. Times, Sunday Times (2015)As the carpet pile slowly dries it will spring back to life. The Sun (2007)They left behind a huge pile of ripped bin bags overflowing with pizza boxes and cans. The Sun (2013)What gilded theatre or country pile can beat that number? Times, Sunday Times (2009) Investors have also piled into gold as a hedge against inflation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There were also worries about its debt pile. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We would all pile into the car and head for the beaches. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The condemned pile soon amounts to more than three quarters of the entire drawer. Times, Sunday Times (2014)These sometimes contradictory requirements for the perfect rural pile mean that it is a rare commodity. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This cuts out the added sugar and salt that can pile on pounds. The Sun (2007)The aim is to keep adding cards with a face value one higher or lower than those displayed on the foundation pile. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Everyone would pile off the bus, taking a cool box of chilled blood sachets with them. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Two quickfire goals soon after the interval piled on the misery for Hull. The Sun (2010)A handful of cars crept along the deserted roads with snow piled up six feet high on either side. The Sun (2014)He told it, stringing it out while the three spread their blankets and collected a pile of firewood for the night. A Plague of Angels (1993)
Synonyms of 'pile'
lot(s), mountain(s), load(s), oceans
Trends of 'pile'
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Translations for 'pile'
British English: pile /paɪl/ NOUN
A pile of things is a quantity of them lying on top of one another.
The leaves had been swept into piles.
- American English: pile
- Arabic: كَوْمَة
- Brazilian Portuguese: pilha empilhamento
- Chinese: 堆
- Croatian: gomila
- Czech: hromada
- Danish: stak
- Dutch: hoop
- European Spanish: pila montón
- Finnish: pino
- French: pile
- German: Haufen
- Greek: σωρός
- Italian: pila
- Japanese: 積み重ね
- Korean: 퇴적물
- Norwegian: stabel
- Polish: stos
- European Portuguese: pilha empilhamento
- Romanian: grămadă
- Russian: стопка
- Spanish: pila montón
- Swedish: hög ansamling
- Thai: กอง
- Turkish: yığın
- Ukrainian: купа
- Vietnamese: đống
British English: pile NOUN
A pile of things is a mass of them that is high in the middle and has sloping sides.
...a pile of sand.
British English: pile VERB
If you pile things somewhere, you put them there so that they form a pile.
He was piling clothes into the suitcase.
Definition of pile from the Collins English Dictionary
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