heap

\ \ [OE] Heap is an ancient word, with still the odd non-Germanic relative surviving. Its immediate West Germanic ancestor was *khaupaz, which also produced Dutch hoop (the hope of English forlorn hope), and forms such as German haufenheap’ and Lithuanian kaupasheap’, while not in exactly the same line of descent, point to a common Indo-European source.

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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´er — heap «heep», noun, verb. –n. 1. a pile of many things thrown or lying together: »a heap of stones, a sand heap. SYNONYM(S): mass, stack, accumulation. 2. Informal. a large amount; a lot; multitude: »a heap of trouble. It did me a heap of good to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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|y — «HEE pee», adjective, heap|i|er, heap|i|est. forming a heap or heaps: »White heapy clouds, looking like balls…bring no rain (New Yorker) …   Useful english 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

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