In heraldry, a pile is a charge usually counted as one of the ordinaries .

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  1. A dart; an arrow.
  2. The head of an arrow or spear.
  3. A large stake, or piece of pointed timber, steel etc., driven into the earth or sea-bed for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
  4. One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A hemorrhoid.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap.
  2. A group or list of related items up for consideration, especially in some kind of selection process.
    When we were looking for a new housemate, we put the nice woman on the "maybe" pile, and the annoying guy on the "no" pile.
  3. A mass formed in layers.
    a pile of shot
  4. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  5. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  6. A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a fagot.
  7. 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.
  8. The reverse (or tails) of a coin.
  9. A list or league

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. Hair, especially when very fine or short; the fine underfur of certain animals. (Formerly countable, now treated as a collective singular.)
  2. The raised hairs, loops or strands of a fabric; the nap of a cloth.


  1. To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.

Verb (etymology 2)

  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.
  2. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  3. To add something to a great number.
  4. (of vehicles) To create a hold-up.
  5. To place (guns, muskets, etc.) together in threes so that they can stand upright, supporting each other.

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