A pile is a vertical stack of material. There are many different things that are found in a pile:

  • He’s sitting on a pile of books.
  • The books are in a pile.
  • Someone is using a shovel to move a pile of dirt.
pile of dirt
  • She has a pile of laundry to do.
  • The clothes are piled in a laundry basket. (This sentence uses "pile" as a verb.)
a pile of laundry
  • There’s a pile of work on her desk.
  • She’s buried under a pile of paper work.
a pile of work

pile of snow

There’s something underneath this pile of snow.

This word can also be used as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • Traffic piles up on the highways during rush hour.
  • Debt piles up when a person doesn’t have enough money to pay the bills.
  • Snow piles up on roads and highways during a snowstorm.
  • Your boss might pile on the work at your job.
  • A person who is really hungry will pile a lot of food onto a plate.

Published on December 11, 2017