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Pile: generic, used to describe materials that CANNOT BE COUNTED - a noun indicating a large amount, generally man-made. Examples: a pile of dirt, a pile of clothes, put in on the pile. A verb to describe the action of making a pile: he piled his clothes on the table. The workmen piled dirt next to the hole. Office workers pile memos on their desks.
heap: a measure word used to describe a large, disorganized pile. Examples: what a heap of clothes, she earned a heap of money, a heaping spoonful of food. Slang: 'top of the heap' means 'the best'. As a verb: place (a large measure). Examples: heap some more dirt, I'll heap kisses on your head.
Stack: an organized pile of items which CAN BE COUNTED. Examples: a stack of pancakes, a stack of books, a stack of shirts. As a verb: the act of creating a stack. Examples: she stacked her socks in the drawer. The teacher stacked the students' papers. Babies stack blocks.
Mound: generally refers to an elevated piece of earth, usually man-made. Examples: a burial mound, the pitcher's mound, a ceremonial mound. Can also refer to garbage: a mound of garbage. As slang, it can be used to describe a large amount: we had mounds of fun at the park, I have mounds of paperwork to finish. IS GENERALLY NOT USED AS A VERB.
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