heap
I. noun Etymology: Middle English heep, from Old English hēap; akin to Old High German houf heap Date: before 12th century 1. a collection of things thrown one on another ; pile 2. a great number or large quantity ; lot II. transitive verb Date: before 12th century 1. a. to throw or lay in a heap ; pile or collect in great quantity <
his sole object was to heap up riches
>
b. to form or round into a heap <
heaped the dirt into a mound
>
c. to form a heap on ; load heavily <
heap the plates with food
>
2. to accord or bestow lavishly or in large quantities <
heaped honors upon them
>

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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 — 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 — [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

  • heap — heap1 [ hip ] noun count * 1. ) a large pile of something, especially a messy 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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… …   English dictionary

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