Sense: 1-6, 9
|Origin:||Latin pila; PILLAR|
|Origin:||Old English pil, from Latin pilum 'javelin'|
a group of several things of the same type that are put on top of each other [= stack]
arrangement of things[countable]
His mother came in carrying a pile of ironing in her arms.
Flora shuffled through a pile of magazines.
He balanced the plate on the top of a pile of books.
a large amount of something arranged in a shape that looks like a small hill
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 also piles of something informal
a lot of something:
We've had piles of letters from viewers.
another pile of directives from the EU
4 British English
the weakest or least important position in a society or organization:
I soon discovered I was at the bottom of the pile in the office hierarchy.
She always puts her own needs to the bottom of the pile.
5 British English
the best or highest position in a society or organization:
It's been 20 years since a British tennis player was at the top of the pile.
a very large old house:
They've just bought an 18th-century pile in Surrey.
the soft surface of short threads on a carpet or some types of cloth
material[uncountable and countable]TIM
thick/deep pile➔ nap1 (2)
Her feet sank into the thick pile of the rug.
a deep pile carpet
a heavy wooden, stone, or metal post, used to support something heavy
to make a lot of money:
He had made his pile in the wholesale business.
painfully swollen blood vessels near a person's anus