Webster 1913 Edition
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
A covering of hair or fur.
The head of an arrow or spear.
pīlarrow, stake, L.
pilumjavelin; but cf. also L.
A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, 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.
☞ Tubular iron piles are now much used.
One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
a bridge of which the roadway is supported on piles.–
a beam resting upon and connecting the heads of piles.–
Pile driver, or
an apparatus for driving down piles, consisting usually of a high frame, with suitable appliances for raising to a height (by animal or steam power, the explosion of gunpowder, etc.) a heavy mass of iron, which falls upon the pile.–
Lake dwelling, under
a thick plank used as a pile in sheet piling. See–
Sheet piling, under
one with a screw at the lower end, and sunk by rotation aided by pressure.
To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
to make sheet piling in or around. See
Sheet piling, under 2nd
pilaa pillar, a pier or mole of stone. Cf.
A mass of things heaped together; a heap;
pileof stones; a
A mass formed in layers;
A funeral pile; a pyre.
A large building, or mass of buildings.
pileo’erlooked the town and drew the fight.
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
voltaic pile, or
☞ The term is sometimes applied to other forms of apparatus designed to produce a current of electricity, or as synonymous with battery; as, for instance, to an apparatus for generating a current of electricity by the action of heat, usually called a thermopile.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; – often with up;“Hills piled on hills.”
Dryden.“Life piled on life.”
The labor of an age in
To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
To pile arms
To pile muskets
to place three guns together so that they may stand upright, supporting each other; to stack arms.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A heap; a mass or collection of things in a roundish or elevated form; as a pile of stones; a pile of bricks; a pile of wood or timber; a pile of ruins.
2.A collection of combustibles for burning a dead body; as a funeral pile.
3.A large building or mass of buildings; an edifice.
The pile o'erlook'd the town and drew the sight.
4.A heap of balls or shot laid in horizontal courses, rising into a pyramidical form.
1.A large stake or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a building or other superstructure. The stadthouse in Amsterdam is supported by piles.
2.One side of a coin; originally, a punch or puncheon used in stamping figures on coins, and containing the figures to be impressed. Hence the arms-side of a coin is called the pile, and the head the cross, which was formerly in the place of the head. Hence cross and pile.
3.In heraldry, an ordinary in form of a point inverted or a stake sharpened.
1.To bring into an aggregate; to accumulate; as, to pile quotations or comments.
2.To fill with something heaped.
3.To fill above the brim or top.
4.To break off the awns of threshed barley. [Local.]