heap

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhiːp/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/hip/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(hēp)


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heap - stack - pile
‘heap’
A heap of things is usually untidy, and often has the shape of a hill or mound.
The building collapsed into a heap of rubble.
‘stack’
A stack is usually tidy, and often consists of flat objects placed directly on top of each other.
...a neat stack of dishes.
Eric came out of his room with a small stack of CDs in his hands.
‘pile’
A pile of things can be tidy or untidy.
...a neat pile of clothes.
He reached over to a pile of newspapers and magazines
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