From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_260_epilepile1 /paɪl/ ●●● S2 noun 🔊 🔊 1 arrangement of things [countable] a group of several things of the same type that are put on top of each other syn stackpile of 🔊 His mother came in carrying a pile of ironing in her arms. 🔊 Flora shuffled through a pile of magazines.put something in/into a pile 🔊 She tidied up the books and put them in neat piles. 🔊 He balanced the plate on the top of a pile of books.2 large amount [countable] a large amount of something arranged in a shape that looks like a small hillpile of 🔊 piles of melting snow 🔊 All that remained of the old house was a pile of rubble. 🔊 Sophie stooped to throw another branch on the pile. 🔊 He began to sweep the pieces of glass into a pile.3 → a pile of something4 → the bottom of the pile5 → the top of the pile6 house [countable] a very large old house 🔊 They’ve just bought an 18th-century pile in Surrey.7 material [countable, uncountable]TIM the soft surface of short threads on a carpet or some types of cloththick/deep pile 🔊 Her feet sank into the thick pile of the rug. 🔊 a deep pile carpet → nap1(2)8 post [countable]TBCTEC technical a heavy wooden, stone, or metal post, used to support something heavy9 → make a/your pile10 → pilesTHESAURUSpile a group of things of the same type that are put on top of each othera huge pile of cardboard boxesstack a neat pile of things of the same typeThere were stacks of books on the floor.heap a large messy pile of thingsAll his clothes were in a heap on the floor.mound a pile of something with a round shapea small mound of rice on the platemountain a very large pile of something with a round shapea mountain of dirty laundry waiting to be washed
Examples from the Corpuspile• Soon, all that is left is a pile of bones.• a pile of dirty dishes• Her office is a terrible mess - there are piles of papers all over the floor.• Clare was having too much fun playing in the leaf pile to come inside.• The books were arranged in neat piles on her desk.• Put those letters on the other pile.• And judging by the prodigious pile of diatribes posted in the last year, a lot of folks are taking advantage.• a thick red pile carpet• Helen noticed a red rug, piles of books on the floor, white eyelet cafe curtains on the windows.• Greg carried the pile of ironed shirts upstairs.• He found himself in enormous buildings, with a labyrinth of rooms, and he was lost in the pile.• The folded laundry was separated into three piles.• I loved to pick through trash piles and collect empty bottles, tin cans with Pretty labels, and discarded magazines.• Can you separate those out into two piles - A to L and M to Z, please?• Eventually it carried out a more temporary repair, costing £500 000, which entailed replacing 30 of the 113 wooden piles.pile of• Piles of cans and bottles littered the ground.• a pile of bookssweep ... into ... pile• We watched the gardeners sweeping them into piles and the children swept up the leaves too.thick/deep pile• The situation is improved by adding velvet curtains, acoustic tiles and a thick pile carpet.• Collected under her hands they made a thick pile.• A deep pile in your living room!• A deep pile Raking ashes into a pile would then be automatically reinforced.• He lay back on his thick pile of cushions and chuckled.• On this occasion the officials thrown from the window managed to survive, since they landed in deep piles of castle refuse.• Her feet sank into the thick pile of the carpet.• She saw feet sinking into the thick pile of the new rugs whose abstract patterns evoked the work of contemporary artists.