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 Volta’s pile, voltaic pile, or galvanic pile
To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; often with up; as, to pile up wood
A long substantial pole of wood, concrete or metal, driven into the earth or sea bed to serve as a support or protection
The pile of a carpet or of a fabric such as velvet is its soft surface. It consists of a lot of little threads standing on end. the carpet's thick pile
A pile of things is a quantity of things that have been put neatly somewhere so that each thing is on top of the one below. a pile of boxes The clothes were folded in a neat pile
Someone who is at the bottom of the pile is low down in society or low down in an organization. Someone who is at the top of the pile is high up in society or high up in an organization. In building construction, a postlike foundation member used from prehistoric times. Piles transfer building loads down to a suitable bearing stratum when the soil mass immediately below a construction is unsuitable for the direct bearing of footings (see foundation). Piles support loads either by bearing directly on rock or suitable soil or by developing friction along their very ample length. In modern civil engineering, piles of timber, steel, or concrete are driven into the ground to support a structure; bridge piers and building foundations may be supported on groups of piles
If a group of people pile into or out of a vehicle, they all get into it or out of it in a disorganized way. They all piled into Jerrold's car A fleet of police cars suddenly arrived. Dozens of officers piled out
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
In air drying, stacking lumber layer by layer, separated by stickers or self-stickering, on a supporting foundation (hand stacking) or place stickered unit packages by lift truck or crane, one above the other on a foundation and separated by bolsters
If you talk about a pile of something or piles of something, you mean a large amount of it. a whole pile of disasters
The visible surface of carpet, consisting of yarn tufts in loop and/or cut configuration Sometimes called the face or nap
A pile of cards Piles may be squared, so that only the topmost card can be seen, or they may be spread out in a fan Piles can be empty, if there are no cards in them Most solitaire games involve moving cards among various piles, with the goal of eventually getting them all into a particular pile or group of piles Sometimes a pile is referred to by number, for example "In pile 3, " This usually refers to the tableau piles, and they are numbered left to right, top to bottom, so that "pile 3" would be the third from the left See also foundation, tableau, discard, stock
A long, thin element, such as a steel pipe or a w-shape, which is driven into to ground and used in combination with other piles as a building foundation
place or lay as if in a pile; "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested"
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 Volta's pile, voltaic pile, or galvanic pile
Describes the surface of some carpets and fabrics, produced by an extra set of looped filling yarns which are cut and sheared
A wood, metal or concrete pole driven into the sea floor, used to support a dock or pier
Piles are wooden, concrete, or metal posts which are pushed into the ground and on which buildings or bridges are built. Piles are often used in very wet areas so that the buildings do not flood. settlements of wooden houses, set on piles along the shore
fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
The visible wear surface of carpet, consisting of yarn tufts in loop and/or cur configuration Sometimes called the face or nap of the carpet
battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure a collection of objects laid on top of each other a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit); "she made a bundle selling real estate"; "they sank megabucks into their new house"
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"
If you pile things somewhere, you put them there so that they form a pile. He was piling clothes into the suitcase A few newspapers and magazines were piled on a table
To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; - often with up; as, to pile up wood
The raised loops or tufts that form all or a portion of the surface of fabric Pile fabrics may be warp pile, filling pile, or knotted pile The pile effect may be cut, uncut, looped or curled
place or lay as if in a pile; "The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested
A large stake, or piece of timber, steel section pointed and driven into the earth or drilled and cast reinforced concrete, 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
And still the hours passed, and at last I knew by the glimmer of light in the tomb above that the sun had risen again, and a maddening thirst had hold of me. And then I thought of all the barrels piled up in the vault and of the liquor that they held; and stuck not because 'twas spirit, for I would scarce have paused to sate that thirst even with molten lead.
(Astronomi) In astronomy, rubble pile is the informal name for an asteroid that is not a monolith, consisting instead of numerous pieces of rock that have coalesced under the influence of gravity. Rubble piles have low density because there are large cavities between the various 'chunks' that comprise them
In the course of office work, it is common for people to organize documents in terms of piles, such as an in-box, out-box, a pile of urgent items, and a pile of less urgent items From a perspective of sensemaking, piles are an external representation with several interesting properties At least in the physical world, documents can be in at most one pile at a time -- so that piles represent disjoint categories Piles have a complete ordering The top item of a pile is more visible than lower ones Sometimes the edges of items in a pile can be seen Items in a pile can be sorted according to some criterion Virtual piles can also be created as a user interface Virtual piles can be useful for putting documents or other things in disjoint categories (They can also be extended beyond the properties of physical piles so that an object can be in more than one pile at a time, or can have corresponding "ghost" objects to represent it in more than one pile )
Pilings are wooden, concrete, or metal posts which are pushed into the ground and on which buildings or bridges are built. Pilings are often used in very wet areas so that the buildings do not flood. bridges set on stone pilings. = pile
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