from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. See hemorrhoid.
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- n. Plural form of pile.
- n. Haemorrhoids.
- n. A large amount of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. 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.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter
- n. a large number or amount
Middle English piles, from Medieval Latin pilī, from Latin pila, ball.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)