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  • n  a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  • n  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • n  a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit)
  • n  fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)
  • n  battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
  • n  a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
  • n  the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave
    for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction
  • n  a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy
  • v  arrange in stacks
  • v  press tightly together or cram
  • v  place or lay as if in a pile
    The teacher piled work on the students until the parents protested

  • He plucks three strands from the pile and drops them into a glass jar.
  • Top of the pile of unfinished business: nurturing and revitalizing a torpid economy, the world's fourth largest.
  • The pile went critical in midafternoon with the full withdrawal of the control rods, and Fermi allowed himself a grin.
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  • Barack Obama in The Hill (blog)
    President Obama has said, "We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must move us from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest; where we consume less at home and send more exports abroad."
  • Andre Agassi in The Inquisitr
    Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I've just crossedAgassi writes. "There is a moment of regret, followed by vast...
  • James Spader in BBC News
    James Spader, who won best drama actor, said: "I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the mob and they're all sitting right over there."

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