how to pronounce pile


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pile is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of pile in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… here in my little pile gonna use just …”

meanings of pile


  1. A dart; an arrow.
  2. A large amount of money.
  3. The head of an arrow or spear.
  4. A mass formed in layers.
  5. A group or list of related items up for consideration, especially in some kind of selection process.
  6. A beam, pole, or pillar, driven completely into the ground.
  7. A mass of things heaped together; a heap.
  8. An atomic pile; an early form of nuclear reactor.
  9. A hemorrhoid.
  10. Hair, especially when very fine or short; the fine underfur of certain animals. (Formerly countable, now treated as a collective singular.).
  11. One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  12. The raised hairs, loops or strands of a fabric; the nap of a cloth.
  13. A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals (especially copper and zinc), laid up with disks of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; a voltaic pile, or galvanic pile.
  14. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  15. 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.
  16. A list or league.
  17. 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.
  18. The reverse (or tails) of a coin.
  19. A large building, or mass of buildings.


  1. To place (guns, muskets, etc.) together in threes so that they can stand upright, supporting each other.
  2. To drive piles into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
  3. To give a pile to; to make shaggy.
  4. To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
  5. To add something to a great number.
  6. (of vehicles) To create a hold-up.
  7. To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate.


  1. A surname​.

pile frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word pile occurs in english on average 30.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics pile can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that pile can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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