American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of driving piles.
- n. Piles considered as a group.
- n. A structure composed of piles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In engineering, the operation of placing and driving piles in position.
- n. Piles collectively; pilework.
- n. In leather manufacturing, a slow inward sweating of the leather.
- n. Logs ready to be made into piles, or from which piles are made.
- n. See pile, verb
- n. A structural support comprised of a length of wood, steel, or other construction material.
- v. present participle of pile.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of heaping up.
- n. (Iron Manuf.) The process of building up, heating, and working, fagots, or piles, to form bars, etc.
- n. A series of piles; piles considered collectively.
- n. a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
“I jumped out of my sleeping bag and begin piling more wood and pine bows on the fire.”
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“However, in piling on Mr. Doyle, I fear that Morrissey has put aside his political and/or philosophical beliefs in favor of giving his enemy another good bludgeon.”
“Many will say, "Oh, let him bide,, because after all he is only a poor mad crazy fellow who spends his time in piling up apples in an apple cart and balancing them dexterously on the top of his nose.”
“Both these men had publicly thanked the Suffragettes for their notable share in piling up those triumphant and highly significant majorities.”
“I found Moodie and Monaghan employed in piling up heaps of bush near the house, which they intended to burn off by hand previous to firing the rest of the fallow, to prevent any risk to the building from fire.”
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