heap

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English heep, from Old English hēap, from Proto-Germanic *haupaz (compare Dutch hoop, Low German Hupen, German Haufen), from Proto-Indo-European *koupos ‘hill’ (compare Lithuanian kaũpas, Albanian qipi ‘stack’, Avestan [script?] (kaofa))

Noun[edit]

heap (plural heaps)

  1. A crowd; a throng; a multitude or great number of people.
    • Francis Bacon
      a heap of vassals and slaves
    • W. Black
      He had heaps of friends.
  2. A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body, or thrown together so as to form an elevation.
    a heap of earth or stones
    • Dryden
      Huge heaps of slain around the body rise.
  3. A great number or large quantity of things.
    • Bishop Burnet
      a vast heap, both of places of scripture and quotations
    • Robert Louis Stevenson
      I have noticed a heap of things in my life.
  4. (computing) A data structure consisting of trees in which each node is greater than all its children.
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    • 2012 May 9, Jonathan Wilson, “Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atlético Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao”, the Guardian:
      Every break seemed dangerous and Falcao clearly had the beating of Amorebieta. Others, being forced to stretch a foot behind them to control Arda Turan's 34th-minute cross, might simply have lashed a shot on the turn; Falcao, though, twisted back on to his left foot, leaving Amorebieta in a heap, and thumped in an inevitable finish – his 12th goal in 15 European matches this season.

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Verb[edit]

heap (third-person singular simple present heaps, present participle heaping, simple past and past participle heaped)

  1. (transitive) To pile in a heap.
    He heaped the laundry upon the bed and began folding.
  2. (transitive) To form or round into a heap, as in measuring.
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, Act I, scene II, verses 40-42
      Cry a reward, to him who shall first bring
      News of that vanished Arabian,
      A full-heap’d helmet of the purest gold.
  3. (transitive) To supply in great quantity.
    They heaped praise upon their newest hero.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *haupaz, whence also Old High German houf. Compare also Old Norse hópr.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hēap m

  1. heap

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West Frisian[edit]

Noun[edit]

heap c

  1. heap, pile
  2. mass, gang, horde