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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pile \Pile\, n. [L. pilum javelin. See Pile a stake.]
   The head of an arrow or spear. [Obs.] --Chapman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pile \Pile\, n. [AS. p[imac]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin;
   but cf. also L. pila pillar.]
   1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into
      the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor
      where the ground is soft, for the support of a building, a
      pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam,
      etc.
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   Note: Tubular iron piles are now much used.
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   2. [Cf. F. pile.] (Her.) One of the ordinaries or
      subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed
      palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
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   Pile bridge, a bridge of which the roadway is supported on
      piles.

   Pile cap, a beam resting upon and connecting the heads of
      piles.

   Pile driver, or Pile engine, an apparatus for driving
      down piles, consisting usually of a high frame, with
      suitable appliances for raising to a height (by animal or
      steam power, the explosion of gunpowder, etc.) a heavy
      mass of iron, which falls upon the pile.

   Pile dwelling. See Lake dwelling, under Lake.

   Pile plank (Hydraul. Eng.), a thick plank used as a pile in
      sheet piling. See Sheet piling, under Piling.

   Pneumatic pile. See under Pneumatic.

   Screw pile, one with a screw at the lower end, and sunk by
      rotation aided by pressure.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pile \Pile\, n. [L. pilus hair. Cf. Peruke.]
   1. A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like;
      also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and
      velvet.
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            Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile. --Cowper.
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   2. (Zool.) A covering of hair or fur.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pile \Pile\, v. t.
   To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with
   piles.
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   To sheet-pile, to make sheet piling in or around. See
      Sheet piling, under 2nd Piling.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pile \Pile\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Piled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Piling.]
   1. To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to
      collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; -- often
      with up; as, to pile up wood. "Hills piled on hills."
      --Dryden. "Life piled on life." --Tennyson.
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            The labor of an age in piled stones.  --Milton.
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   2. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or
      overfill; to load.
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   To pile arms To pile muskets (Mil.), to place three guns
      together so that they may stand upright, supporting each
      other; to stack arms.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pile \Pile\, n. [F. pile, L. pila a pillar, a pier or mole of
   stone. Cf. Pillar.]
   1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of
      stones; a pile of wood.
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   2. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
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   3. A funeral pile; a pyre. --Dryden.
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   4. A large building, or mass of buildings.
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            The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   5. (Iron Manuf.) Same as Fagot, n., 2.
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   6. (Elec.) A vertical series of alternate disks of two
      dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks
      of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them,
      for producing a current of electricity; -- commonly called
      Volta's pile, voltaic pile, or galvanic pile.
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   Note: The term is sometimes applied to other forms of
         apparatus designed to produce a current of electricity,
         or as synonymous with battery; as, for instance, to an
         apparatus for generating a current of electricity by
         the action of heat, usually called a thermopile.
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   7. [F. pile pile, an engraved die, L. pila a pillar.] The
      reverse of a coin. See Reverse.
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   Cross and pile. See under Cross.

   Dry pile. See under Dry.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Piles \Piles\, n. pl. [L. pila a ball. Cf. Pill a medicine.]
   (Med.)
   The small, troublesome tumors or swellings about the anus and
   lower part of the rectum which are technically called
   hemorrhoids. See Hemorrhoids.

   Note: [The singular pile is sometimes used.]
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   Blind piles, hemorrhoids which do not bleed.
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