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

  • See hemorrhoid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of pile.
  • n. Haemorrhoids.
  • n. A large amount of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 pil─ź, from Latin pila, ball.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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