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noun , archit a rectangular column that stands out in relief from the façade of a building, as a decorative feature.
[16c: from French pilastre , from Latin pila pillar]
pilastered adjective .

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noun an exercise system intended to stretch the muscles, improve the posture, etc.
[1930s: named after Joseph Pilates (1880?1967), who devised it]

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pilau , pilaf or pilaff
noun (pilaus ) an oriental dish of spiced rice with, or to accompany, chicken, fish, etc.
as adjective pilau rice .
[17c: from Persian pilaw , from Turkish]

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noun a small edible marine fish of the herring family, covered with large scales.

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1 a number of things lying on top of each other; a quantity of something in a heap or mound.
2 (a pile or piles) colloq a large quantity.
3 colloq a fortune made a pile on the horses .
4 a massive or imposing building.
5 a pyre. Also called funeral pile.
6 a nuclear reactor, originally the graphite blocks forming the moderator for the reactor. Also called atomic pile.
7 elec a vertical series of plates of two different metals arranged alternately to produce an electric current.
verb (piled , piling )
1 tr & intr (usu pile up or pile something up) to gather into a pile; to accumulate. See also pile-up.
2 intr to move in a disorganized crowd piled into the bus .
[15c: from Latin pila a stone pier]
pile it on colloq to exaggerate.

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