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This afternoon I took a round of angles and bearings from a pile of stones on the hill.

Far away was the night nurse's desk, with its lamp, its annunciator, its pile of records.

It would have saved somebody in New York a pile of money if you had left it.

One or two arose wearily and stiffly, and dragged their loads to the pile.

There was a copy of Romeo and Juliet perched on top of a pile of books.

Then she saw Kingozi himself take his place by the pile of loads.

Who that has poached a pile does not gravitate there, as the needle to the pole?

Then, to pile Ossa on Pelion, the dogs of Tomieh arrived to pay a visit.

Heap it all over the pile of cake, so as entirely to cover it.

But the wall builders were afraid to pile too great a weight upon it.

WORD ORIGIN

"mass, heap," early 15c., originally "pillar, pier of a bridge," from Middle French pile and directly from Latin pila "stone barrier, pillar, pier" (see pillar). Sense development in Latin from "pier, harbor wall of stones," to "something heaped up." In English, sense of "heap of things" is attested from mid-15c. (the verb in this sense is recorded from mid-14c.). The meaning "large building" (late 14c.) is probably the same word.

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