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HEAP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heap mean? 

HEAP (noun)
  The noun HEAP has 3 senses:

1. a collection of objects laid on top of each other
2. (often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent
3. a car that is old and unreliable

  Familiarity information: HEAP used as a noun is uncommon.


HEAP (verb)
  The verb HEAP has 3 senses:

1. bestow in large quantities
2. arrange in stacks
3. fill to overflow

  Familiarity information: HEAP used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEAP (noun)


Sense 1heap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A collection of objects laid on top of each other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

pile; heap; cumulation; cumulus; agglomerate; mound

Hypernyms ("heap" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heap"):

compost heap; compost pile (a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost)

stockpile (a storage pile accumulated for future use)

woodpile (a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel)

funeral pyre; pyre (wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite)

stack (an orderly pile)

slagheap (pile of waste matter from coal mining etc)

shock (a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field)

scrapheap (pile of discarded metal)

dunghill; midden; muckheap; muckhill (a heap of dung or refuse)


Sense 2heap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

whole slew; muckle; peck; quite a little; slew; spate; tidy sum; whole lot; mickle; good deal; great deal; hatful; mint; lot; stack; batch; heap; raft; mass; plenty; pile; wad; flock; deal; pot; mess; sight

Context examples:

a batch of letters / a deal of trouble / a lot of money / he made a mint on the stock market / it must have cost plenty

Hypernyms ("heap" is a kind of...):

large indefinite amount; large indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heap"):

deluge; flood; inundation; torrent (an overwhelming number or amount)

haymow (a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation)


Sense 3heap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A car that is old and unreliable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

jalopy; heap; bus

Context example:

the fenders had fallen off that old bus

Hypernyms ("heap" is a kind of...):

auto; automobile; car; machine; motorcar (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine)

dysphemism (an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one)


HEAP (verb)


Sense 1heap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bestow in large quantities

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context examples:

He heaped him with work / She heaped scorn upon him

Hypernyms (to "heap" is one way to...):

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody with something
Somebody ----s something on somebody


Sense 2heap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arrange in stacks

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pile; heap; stack

Context examples:

heap firewood around the fireplace / stack your books up on the shelves

Hypernyms (to "heap" is one way to...):

arrange; set up (put into a proper or systematic order)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "heap"):

rick (pile in ricks)

cord (stack in cords)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They heap the books into the box

Also:

heap up (arrange into piles or stacks)


Sense 3heap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill to overflow

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

heap the platter with potatoes

Hypernyms (to "heap" is one way to...):

fill; fill up; make full (make full, also in a metaphorical sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They heap the cart with boxes


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