heap

[[t]hi͟ːp[/t]]
heaps, heaping, heaped
1) N-COUNT: oft N of n A heap of things is a pile of them, especially a pile arranged in a rather untidy way.

...a heap of bricks.

...a compost heap...

He has dug up the tiles that cover the floor and left them in a heap.

Syn:
2) VERB If you heap things in a pile, you arrange them in a large pile.

[V n prep/adv] Mrs. Madrigal heaped more carrots onto Michael's plate.

Heap up means the same as heap.

Also V n P V P n (not pron) Off to one side, the militia was heaping up wood for a bonfire.

3) VERB If you heap praise or criticism on someone or something, you give them a lot of praise or criticism.

[V n on/upon n] The head of the navy heaped scorn on both the methods and motives of the conspirators.

4) QUANT: QUANT of n-uncount/pl-n Heaps of something or a heap of something is a large quantity of it. [INFORMAL]

You have heaps of time.

...a job that might suit someone with heaps of experience...

I got in a heap of trouble.

Syn:
loads
5) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, PHR after v Someone who is at the bottom of the heap or at the top of the heap is low down or high up in society or an organization.

...those at the top of the social heap...

Ordinary workers in state industry, once favoured, suddenly found themselves at the bottom of the heap.

6) PHRASE: v PHR, v-link PHR If someone collapses in a heap, they fall heavily and untidily and do not move.

The young footballer collapsed in a heap after a heavy tackle.


English dictionary. 2008.

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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

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  • 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

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

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