heap

heap
I UK [hiːp] / US [hɪp] noun [countable]
Word forms "heap":
singular heap plural heaps
*
1) a large pile of something, especially an untidy pile

a rubbish heap

heap of:

The bomb had reduced the building to a heap of rubble.

be in a heap:

His clothes were in a crumpled heap on the floor.

in heaps:

The magazines were stacked in heaps on the table.

2) informal a car that is in very bad condition

at the top/bottom of the heap — in the highest or lowest position in a society or organization

The project is designed to help people at the bottom of the economic heap.


II UK [hiːp] / US [hɪp] verb [transitive]
Word forms "heap":
present tense I/you/we/they heap he/she/it heaps present participle heaping past tense heaped past participle heaped
1) heap or heap up to make a big untidy pile of things

Bundles of clothing were heaped on the floor.

2) if you heap praise, blame, criticism etc on someone, you give them a lot of praise, blame, criticism etc
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  • Heap — (h[=e]p), n. [OE. heep, heap, heap, multitude, AS. he[ a]p; akin to OS. h[=o]p, D. hoop, OHG. houf, h[=u]fo, G. haufe, haufen, Sw. hop, Dan. hob, Icel. h[=o]pr troop, flock, Russ. kupa heap, crowd, Lith. kaupas. Cf. {Hope}, in Forlorn hope.] 1. A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heap´er — heap «heep», noun, verb. –n. 1. a pile of many things thrown or lying together: »a heap of stones, a sand heap. SYNONYM(S): mass, stack, accumulation. 2. Informal. a large amount; a lot; multitude: »a heap of trouble. It did me a heap of good to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heap — Heap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Heaped} (h[=e]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Heaping}.] [AS. he[ a]pian.] 1. To collect in great quantity; to amass; to lay up; to accumulate; usually with up; as, to heap up treasures. [1913 Webster] Though he heap up silver as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heap — may refer to:In computer science: * heap (data structure), a tree like data structure * The heap (or free store ) is the area of memory used for dynamic memory allocationIn mathematics: *a heap (mathematics) is a generalization of a group.In… …   Wikipedia

  • heap — n pile, stack, shock, cock, mass, bank (see under HEAP vb) Analogous words: *aggregate, aggregation, conglomerate, conglomeration: collection, assemblage (see under GATHER) heap vb Heap, pile, stack, shock, cock, mass, bank are comparable as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • heap — [hēp] n. [ME hepe, a troop, heap < OE heap, a troop, band, multitude, akin to Ger hauf(en), Du hoop < IE * keub < base * keu , bend, arch > HOP1, HIVE] 1. a pile, mass, or mound of things jumbled together 2. [often pl.] Informal a… …   English World dictionary

  • Heap — (englisch „Haufen“) steht für: eine Datenstruktur, siehe Heap (Datenstruktur) einen speziellen Speicherbereich, siehe Dynamischer Speicher Heap ist auch der Name von folgenden Personen Imogen Heap (* 1977), Sängerin, Komponistin, Musikerin und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • heap — ► NOUN 1) a pile of a substance or of a number of objects. 2) informal a large amount or number: heaps of room. 3) informal an untidy or dilapidated place or vehicle. ► VERB 1) put in or form a heap. 2) (heap with) load copiously with …   English terms dictionary

  • heap|y — «HEE pee», adjective, heap|i|er, heap|i|est. forming a heap or heaps: »White heapy clouds, looking like balls…bring no rain (New Yorker) …   Useful english dictionary

  • heap — [n] pile, accumulation abundance, agglomeration, aggregation, a lot*, amassment, assemblage, bank, batch, bulk, bunch, bundle, cargo, clump, cluster, collection, concentration, congeries, deposit, fullness, gathering, gobs*, great deal, harvest,… …   New thesaurus

  • heap — index assemblage, bulk, collection (accumulation), hoard (noun), hoard (verb), plethora, quantity …   Law dictionary

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