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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb heap:


The word heap is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun heap

What does heap mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: heaps

  1. a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  2. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  3. a car that is old and unreliable

Alternative definition of the noun heap


  1. A crowd; a throng; a multitude or great number of persons.
  2. A great number or large quantity of things not placed in a pile.
  3. A pile or mass; a collection of things laid in a body, or thrown together so as to form an elevation; as, a heap of earth or stones.
  4. [computing] A data structure consisting of trees in which each node is greater than all its children.

Definition of the verb heap

What does heap mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: heaped | heaping | heaps

  1. bestow in large quantities
    • examples: He heaped him with work | She heaped scorn upon him
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. arrange in stacks
    • examples: heap firewood around the fireplace | They heap the books into the box
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): dab, daub, drape, dust, load, mound, plant, slather, stack, stock, stuff.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of heap: pile / stack
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
    • more specific words:
      • rick = pile in ricks
      • cord = stack in cords
  3. fill to overflow
    • examples: heap the platter with potatoes | They heap the cart with boxes
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up / make full = make full, also in a metaphorical sense


The Heap is the name of several fictional comic book muck-monsters, the original of which first appeared in Hillman Periodicals' Air Fighters Comics #3, during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books. The character was created by writer Harry Stein and artist Mort Leav, and revived in the 1980s by Eclipse Comics.


"Heap" is a musical album of Lick.

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  1. Heap: In computer science, a heap is a specialized tree-based data structure that satisfies the heap property: If A is a parent node of B then the key of node A is ordered with respect to the key of node B with the same ordering applying across the heap. Either the keys of parent nodes are always greater than or equal to those of the children and the highest key is in the root node or the keys of parent nodes are less than or equal to those of the children and the lowest key is in the root node. Heaps are crucial in several efficient graph algorithms such as Dijkstra's algorithm, and in the sorting algorithm heapsort. A common implementation of a heap is the binary heap, in which the tree is a complete binary tree.
    • also known as كومة, Συσσώρευση
  2. Heap: In abstract algebra, a heap is a mathematical generalization of a group. Informally speaking, a heap is obtained from a group by "forgetting" which element is the unit, in the same way that an affine space can be viewed as a vector space in which the 0 element has been "forgotten". A heap is essentially the same thing as a torsor, and the category of heaps is equivalent to the category of torsors, with morphisms given by transport of structure under group homomorphisms, but the theory of heaps emphasizes the intrinsic composition law, rather than global structures such as the geometry of bundles.
  3. Heap is a family name.

Phrases with Heap

  1. heap up
  2. To-Heap
  3. Ant-Heap
  4. dung heap
  5. junk heap
  6. Slag heap
  7. Spoil Heap
  8. trash heap
  9. refuse heap
  10. compost heap
  11. garbage heap
  12. rubbish heap

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Heap

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Google previewHandbook of Combinatorics (1995)

Vol. 2

As mentioned above, a heap is a data structure that can handle these operations in logarithmic time. Since DECREASEKEY is performed more often than the other two operations, we can improve the overall running time by decreasing the ...

Google previewCombinatorial Algorithms (2012)

23rd International Workshop, IWOCA 2012, Krishnankoil, India, July 19-21, 2012, Revised Selected Papers by W. F. Symth, Subramanian Arumugam

An array-based weak heap is an efficient data structure for realizing an elementary priority queue.

However, one reason why a user might select a weak heap over a binary heap is that weak heaps are known to perform less element ...

Google previewData Structures and Algorithms Using C+ (2011)

by Akepogu Ananda Rao

Heap: A heap is a complete binary tree, where the element at each node is greater ...

Google previewMultiresolution Methods in Scattered Data Modelling (2004)

by Armin Iske

Heaps and Priority Queues A heap is a standard data structure which supports the efficient sorting of data objects.

Google previewEssential Algorithms (2013)

A Practical Approach to Computer Algorithms by Rod Stephens

A heap is a tree in which every node has value at least as large as its children's values. A heap can be used as a priority queue. Storing a complete tree—An algorithm can store a complete tree in an array. Divide and conquer—An algorithm ...

Google previewLogic Programming (2002)

18th International Conference, ICLP 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29 - August 1, 2002 Proceedings by Peter J. Stuckey

We will use the following terminology: the heap is the area in ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

thriving, viable, vigorous, well, wholesome healthy and strong lusty healthy condition fitness healthy-looking bonny healthy practice hygiene healthy red ruddy healthy spot spa heap accumulate, accumulation, amass, bank, bestow, burden, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

HEAP. n. s. {heap, Saxon ; heap, Dutch and Scottish.] 1. Many single things thrown together j a pile ; an accumulation. — The way to lay the city flat, And bury all which yet distinctly ranges, Jn beapi and piles of ruin. §bak. — The dead were ...

Google previewLogic and Lexicon (2013)

The Semantics of the Indefinite by Manfred Pinkal

THE SORITES PARADOX Alternative Forms The “Sorites” or “paradox of the heap” is attributed to Eubulides, a representative of the Megarian school (thus it is also called the “Megarian” paradox). Its original form is disputed!; however, ...

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Quotes about Heap

This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still. (Joseph Conrad)
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Scrabble value of H4E1A1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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