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  • Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
    Wood is carefully and regularly piled in the seasoning-yard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piles a large number or amount "made lots of new friends","she amassed stacks of newspapers"
    • n piles pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scrap-Pile. Oscilla. Georgia Scrap-Pile. Oscilla. Georgia
He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246 He Would Break Me up Into Bones, and Throw Me Into a Pile 246
Piled Us out on Top of Dad 269 Piled Us out on Top of Dad 269
ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History
Funeral Pile of Sulla Funeral Pile of Sulla
A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you pile up the cans of Yeo's products, you would be able to reach the moon.
    • n. pl Piles (Med) The small, troublesome tumors or swellings about the anus and lower part of the rectum which are technically called hemorrhoids. See Hemorrhoids. The singular pile is sometimes used
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Tranquilizer, Valium (sleeping piles) is the most widely used drug on earth.
    • n piles A disease originating in the morbid dilatation of the veins of the lower part of the rectum, and upon the verge of the anus; hemorrhoids. Constipation favors their development.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Piles pīlz hæmorrhoids.
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  • Theodore L. Cuyler
    Theodore L. Cuyler
    “God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.”
  • Arthur Seldon
    Arthur Seldon
    “Socialism is a vast machine for churning out piles of goods marked Take it or leave it.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”
  • Martin H. Fischer
    Martin H. Fischer
    “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Money is flat and meant to be piled up.”


Pile it on thick - To pile it on thick is to exaggerate or overstate something, usually flattery or praise. ('Lay it on thick' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pila, a ball. Cf. Pill a medicine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pĭla, a ball.


In literature:

The steamboat hands had begun lifting the hawsers from the wharf piles and her time was short.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The whole stack of things is piled up in the center, so we needn't tumble over it.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
It was like height piled on height as one would pile up sacks of flour.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
And I played in de sand piles all day long wid 'em too.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
They were piled high with furs.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
On two racks about eight feet high above the ground were pieces of reindeer meat piled upon each other.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
The table was piled with cold viands and old wines.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
His father and Mr. Grigsby lay on the pile of hides.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
There were forty-two distinct piles of furs, each yielding the rough outline of a prone human figure beneath it.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Then, while blindfolded, separate them into three separate piles, all of each kind in a separate pile, within 2 minutes.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Selecting the can of salmon from the pile, he shoved it toward the man, who again shook his head.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Snow piled mountain high, it seemed a whole world of snow.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The fruit should be piled in cone shape.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
The pile in front of Rick grew.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The carriage moved along the road by the lake, and, at last, turning the corner at the stone-pile, was out of sight.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Piles of initials he made piles of initials.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
The next morning the smoke of my burning brush pile was coming over the hill as I drew near my farm.
"The Idyl of Twin Fires" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Then, that no prowler might despoil, we piled rocks above, and got to horse without delay.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
A pile of wood lay behind an old stove propped up on boxes in lieu of legs.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
There was a pile of letters before him, and he took one up delicately.
"By Right of Purchase" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

And still around the king the battle fiercely raged,
While his devoted followers were hotly engaged,
And the dead and the dying were piled high all around,
And alas! the brave king had received the second wound.
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Turn yon robe," spake Magdalen, * "of torn bright song, and see and
They turned the raiment, saw and felt * what their turning did
reveal -
All the inner surface piled * with bloodied hairs, like hairs of
"A Judgment In Heaven" by Francis Thompson
I punish Rome, I am avenged; did she not offer prayers
Erst unto Jove, late unto Christ?--to e'en a Jew, she dares!
Now, in thy terror, own my right to rule above them all;
Alone I rest--except this pile, I leave no single hall.
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo
"But if I be the Love of old," uprose his pleading sweet,
"Say might I then have welcoming, and nestle at your feet?
I only slept, uncared, unsought, beneath the stress of tears,
And ashes of remembrance, piled by the passing years.
"Amor Vincit" by Anna Johnston MacManus
High-piled the flashing snowdrifts lie,
And laugh to scorn the sun's dull eye.
That, glistening feebly, seems to say -
"When Summer comes you'll melt away:
You'll change your song when I grow strong,
I think so, though I may be wrong."
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Then spake Tritemius, "Even as thy word,
Woman, so be it! (Our most gracious Lord,
Who loveth mercy more than sacrifice,
Pardon me if a human soul I prize
Above the gifts upon his altar piled!
Take what thou askest, and redeem thy child."
"The Gift of Tritemius" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A nearly $5 million pile of cash is sitting in Frankfort in search of small businesses needing to borrow some money — and there's another $10 million on the way.
The magnificent pile in the above photo, taken in 1919, is the Illinois National Guard First Calvary armory that once stood at Lake Shore Drive and Chicago.
Trash near Candlestick Park piles up.
If you stay put for a while, things start to pile up.
Turning a Compost Pile .
Building a Compost Pile .
Jim shows you how to build your own compost pile using most organic material you can gather from your garden and around the house.
The answer to what goes in the compost pile is very simple.
Julia Khoury has been tossing plants into her compost pile for years.
Compost pile will reduce waste, help your garden grow.
You need a REALLY big pile of leaves if you want to jump off your roof.
Does your mail pile up.
Channel 13 Photojournalist Eli Gardiner lets us listen in as the kernels piled up.
For three years, Hong Kong led the world in initial public offerings and international law firms piled in to get a piece of the action.
Alderman Bob Fioretti takes on the Second Ward's problems one streetlight, one mailbox, and one pile of dog poop at a time.

In science:

At T = 104 K (the switchover between the two curves) the cooling becomes inefficient, and so gas tends to ‘pile up’ at around this temperature.
Thermal instabilities in cooling galactic coronae: fuelling star formation in galactic discs
The basic problem in optimal transport, as introduced by Monge, consisted in moving a given distribution like a pile of sand from one place to another with a minimal cost.
Representation of Markov chains by random maps: existence and regularity conditions
The fall time constant τF was chosen to be 5 ns, large enough for an effective integration of fast pulses but small enough to sustain high rates without pile-up.
CLARO-CMOS, a very low power ASIC for fast photon counting with pixellated photodetectors
Namely, create dl clones of each literal l, and put all the clones of a given pd -type on a pile.
Going after the k-SAT Threshold
Then the formula Φd,m is simply the result of matching the clones on the type t pile randomly to all the clauses where a literal of type t is required.
Going after the k-SAT Threshold
For each type t, among the clones in the type t pile, a t-fraction are true, since σ has pd -marginals.
Going after the k-SAT Threshold
That discovery resolved a long-standing controversy concerning the theory of late-stage evolution of CVs, which predicts a pile up of old, faint systems near the period minimum.
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
This provides qualitative evidence in support of the theory, which predicts a pile up of old, faint CVs near the period mininimum.
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
However, the photon-counting detector has a readout rate of ∼ 90 s−1, which leads to systematic undercounting (‘coincidence loss’ or ‘pile-up’) when two or more photons arrive in a similar location on the detector within one frame.
A multi-wavelength study of the Magellanic-type galaxy NGC 4449. I. Modelling the spectral energy distribution, the ionisation structure and the star formation history
Moreover we add a pile pointing to the smaller of |(αi, αi )| and |(αj, αj )|.
On the defining relations of the affine Lie superalgebras and their quantized universal enveloping superalgebras
If |(αi, αi )| = 0 or |(αj, αj )| = 0, then we sometimes omit the pile.
On the defining relations of the affine Lie superalgebras and their quantized universal enveloping superalgebras
In §2 of this paper we summarize the observational evidence for the heliospheric Ho pile-up toward α Cen.
One- vs. Two-Shock Heliosphere: Constraining Models with GHRS LyA Spectra toward alpha Cen
We could have directly found this hb theory from the iib one by piling up n s5-branes.
Little Theories in Six and Seven Dimensions
Taking the KK5(A) picture, we obtain this theory piling up n NS5(A)-branes inside its world-volume.
Little Theories in Six and Seven Dimensions
Such a pure system is known to be at large K in a so-called “piled up” ordered phase.
Folding of the Triangular Lattice in the FCC Lattice with Quenched Random Spontaneous Curvature