Cross and pile
Pile Pile, n. [F. pile, L. pila a pillar, a pier or mole of stone. Cf. {Pillar}.] 1. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood. [1913 Webster]

2. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot. [1913 Webster]

3. A funeral pile; a pyre. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A large building, or mass of buildings. [1913 Webster]

The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. (Iron Manuf.) Same as {Fagot}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

6. (Elec.) A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; -- commonly called {Volta's pile}, {voltaic pile}, or {galvanic pile}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term is sometimes applied to other forms of apparatus designed to produce a current of electricity, or as synonymous with battery; as, for instance, to an apparatus for generating a current of electricity by the action of heat, usually called a thermopile. [1913 Webster]

7. [F. pile pile, an engraved die, L. pila a pillar.] The reverse of a coin. See {Reverse}. [1913 Webster]

{Cross and pile}. See under {Cross}.

{Dry pile}. See under {Dry}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cross and pile — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cross-and-pile — cross and pileˈ or cross or pileˈ noun (archaic) 1. Heads or tails 2. A toss up • • • Main Entry: ↑cross …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross and pile — noun Etymology: Middle English; pile reverse of a coin, from Middle French, pillar, pier of a bridge, device for stamping coins, reverse of a coin more at pile 1. archaic : heads or tails 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross-or-pile — cross and pileˈ or cross or pileˈ noun (archaic) 1. Heads or tails 2. A toss up • • • Main Entry: ↑cross …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross or pile — noun archaic : cross and pile …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cross — (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise}, {Crux}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cross botton'e — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cross bottony — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cross estoil'e — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cross of Calvary — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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