pile ( piles plural & 3rd person present) ( piling present participle) ( piled past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A pile of things is a mass of them that is high in the middle and has sloping sides.
usu N of n
...a pile of sand..., The leaves had been swept into huge piles.
2 n-count 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.
usu N of n
...a pile of boxes..., The clothes were folded in a neat pile.
3 verb If you pile things somewhere, you put them there so that they form a pile.
He was piling clothes into the suitcase... V n adv/prep
A few newspapers and magazines were piled on a table. V n adv/prep
4 verb If something is piled with things, it is covered or filled with piles of things.
Tables were piled high with local produce. be V-ed with n
5 quant If you talk about a pile of something or piles of something, you mean a large amount of it.
INFORMAL QUANT of pl-n/n-uncount
...a whole pile of disasters.
6 verb 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... V into/out of n
A fleet of police cars suddenly arrived. Dozens of officers piled out. V in/out
7 n-count You can refer to a large impressive building as a pile, especially when it is the home of a rich important person.
...some stately pile in the country.
8 n-count 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.
9 n-plural Piles are painful swellings that can appear in the veins inside a person's anus.
10 n-sing 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.
11 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.
be at the bottom of the pile, be at the top of the pile phrase oft v-link PHR pile up
1 phrasal verb If you pile up a quantity of things or if they pile up, they gradually form a pile.
Bulldozers piled up huge mounds of dirt... V P n (not pron)
Mail was still piling up at the office. V P
2 phrasal verb If you pile up work, problems, or losses or if they pile up, you get more and more of them. Problems were piling up at work... V P He piled up huge debts. V P n (not pron)
pile-up ( pile-ups plural )
in AM, use pileup A pile-up is a road accident in which a lot of vehicles crash into each other. n-count
...a 54-car pile-up.