Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (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.]
  • noun plural hemorrhoids which do not bleed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of pile.
  • noun pathology Haemorrhoids.
  • noun informal A large amount of.

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

  • noun pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter
  • noun a large number or amount

Etymologies

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

[Middle English piles, from Medieval Latin pilī, from Latin pila, ball.]

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