pile [-s] n

Fr. pile, heap, pyramid, mass of masonry, pier of a bridge < L. pīla, pillar, pier, mole of stone.

  1. Heap; mass; collection; group; clump; stack; accumulation.
  2. Fire pit; funeral pyre; mound of combustible material upon which a dead body or sacrifice is burned.

pile [-d] v

see pile, n.

  1. Accumulate; collect; stockpile; amass.
  2. Stack; place in a heap; throw into a mound.
  3. Increase; build up; [fig.] escalate; gradually intensify; grow incrementally louder or more powerful.
  4. Phrase. “Pile on”: multiply; increase.