Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of things placed or thrown, one on top of the other: a heap of dirty rags lying in the corner.
  • n. Informal A great deal; a lot. Often used in the plural: We have heaps of homework tonight.
  • n. Slang An old or run-down car.
  • transitive v. To put or throw in a pile.
  • transitive v. To fill completely or to overflowing: heap a plate with vegetables.
  • transitive v. To bestow in abundance or lavishly: heaped praise on the rescuers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crowd; a throng; a multitude or great number of people.
  • n. A great number or large quantity of things not placed in a pile.
  • n. A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body, or thrown together so as to form an elevation; as, a heap of earth or stones.
  • n. A data structure consisting of trees in which each node is greater than all its children.
  • v. To pile in a heap.
  • v. To form or round into a heap, as in measuring.
  • v. To supply in great quantity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crowd; a throng; a multitude or great number of persons.
  • n. A great number or large quantity of things not placed in a pile.
  • n. A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body, or thrown together so as to form an elevation.
  • transitive v. To collect in great quantity; to amass; to lay up; to accumulate; -- usually with up.
  • transitive v. To throw or lay in a heap; to make a heap of; to pile; ; -- often with up; ; or with on.
  • transitive v. To form or round into a heap, as in measuring; to fill (a measure) more than even full.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cast, lay, or gather in a heap; pile; accumulate; amass: as, to heap stones or ore: often with up or on: as, to heap up treasures; to heap on wood or coal.
  • To round or form into a heap, as in measuring; give or fill with overflowing measure.
  • To bestow a heap or large quantity upon.
  • n. A great number of persons or animals; a troop; a crowd; a multitude.
  • n. A great number of things; a large accumulation, stock, or store of any kind; a large quantity; a great deal: as, a heap of money; the frost destroyed a heap of fruit.
  • n. A collection of things laid in a body so as to form an elevation; a pile or raised mass: as, a heap of earth or stones. In some places a heap of limestone was formerly 4¾ cubic yards.
  • n. In mathematics, a collection of objects all related in the same way one to another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  • n. a car that is old and unreliable
  • v. fill to overflow
  • v. bestow in large quantities
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • v. arrange in stacks

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hēap.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English heep, from Old English hēap, from Proto-Germanic *haupaz (cf. Dutch hoop, Low German Hupen, German Haufen), from Proto-Indo-European *koupos ‘hill’ (cf. Lithuanian kaũpas, Albanian qipi ‘stack’, Avestan kaofa) (Wiktionary)

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  • "In some places a heap of limestone was formerly 4¾ cubic yards." -- Century Dictionary (thanks to ruzuzu!)

    March 5, 2012

  • What one does with opprobrium.

    October 26, 2007