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pile1 British & World English

A heap of things laid or lying one on top of another

pile2 British & World English

A heavy stake or post driven vertically into the bed of a river, soft ground, etc., to support the foundations of a superstructure

pile3 British & World English

The soft projecting surface of a carpet or a fabric such as velvet or flannel, consisting of many small threads

sheet pile British & World English

A pile that is pressed or molded from sheet metal or vinyl so as to interlock with other such piles to form a retaining wall or other piling installation

slush pile British & World English

A stack of unsolicited manuscripts that have been sent to a publishing company for consideration

compost heap British & World English

A pile of garden and organic kitchen refuse which decomposes to produce compost

funeral pyre British & World English

A pile of wood on which a corpse is burnt as part of a funeral ceremony