Pile

Definition of Pile

n.1.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 pile.
- Cowper.
2.(Zool.) A covering of hair or fur.
1.The head of an arrow or spear.
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, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
2.(Her.) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
Pile bridge
a bridge of which the roadway is supported on piles.
Pile cap
a beam resting upon and connecting the heads of piles.
Pile driver
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.
Pile dwelling
See Lake dwelling, under Lake.
Pile plank
(Hydraul. Eng.) a thick plank used as a pile in sheet piling. See Sheet piling, under Piling.
Pneumatic pile
See under Pneumatic.
Screw pile
one with a screw at the lower end, and sunk by rotation aided by pressure.
v. t.1.To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
To sheet-pile
to make sheet piling in or around. See Sheet piling, under 2nd Piling.
n.1.A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
2.A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
3.A funeral pile; a pyre.
4.A large building, or mass of buildings.
The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight.
- Dryden.
5.(Iron Manuf.) Same as Fagot, n., 2.
6.(Elec.) 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.
7.The reverse of a coin. See Reverse.
Cross and pile
See under Cross.
Dry pile
See under Dry.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Piled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Piling.]
The labor of an age in piled stones.
- Milton.
2.To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
To pile arms
(Mil.) to place three guns together so that they may stand upright, supporting each other; to stack arms.

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