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heaps \heaps\ n. a large quantity. See heap, senses 2 and 3; as, he made heaps of money in the stock market.

Syn: tons, dozens, lots, piles, scores, stacks, loads, rafts, slews, wads, oodles, gobs, scads, lashings.


adv. (context colloquial English) very much, a lot n. 1 (plural of heap English) 2 A large amount. vb. (en-third-person singular of: heap)

  1. n. a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends"; "she amassed a mountain of newspapers" [syn: tons, dozens, lots, mountain, piles, scores, stacks, loads, rafts, slews, wads, oodles, gobs, scads, lashings]

  2. adv. very much; "thanks heaps"

Heaps (surname)

Heaps is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Abraham Albert Heaps (1885–1954), Canadian politician and labor leader
  • Adrian Heaps (born c. 1954), Canadian politician
  • Elizabeth Heaps, English academic and archivist
  • Jake Heaps (born 1991), American football player
  • Jay Heaps (born 1976), American soccer player
  • Stanley Heaps (1880–1962), English architect

Usage examples of "heaps".

An enormous hole had been made by the impact of the projectile, and the sand and gravel had been flung violently in every direction over the heath, forming heaps visible a mile and a half away.

While Neb, Herbert, and Pencroft hunted or collected wood, Cyrus Harding and Gideon Spilett busied themselves in putting the Chimneys to rights, and they found the forge and the bellows almost unhurt, protected as they had been from the first by the heaps of sand.

I think no one will say that all these different heaps of manure will have the same value.

Farm-yard manure becomes deteriorated in value, when kept in heaps exposed to the weather, the more the longer it is kept.

The most rational plan of keeping manure in heaps appears to me that adopted by Mr.

As soon as the sheep are removed, the manure is either thrown up into loose heaps in the yard, or drawn directly to the field, where it is to be used, and made into a heap there.

It remains in the heaps or piles all summer, being usually turned once, and sometimes twice.

These heaps are more or less scattered, and are exposed to the rain, and snow, and frost.

If the manure is to be used for root-crops or potatoes, and if the land is to be ridged, and the manure put in the ridges, then it will be desirable to put the heap on the headland, or, better still, to make two heaps, one on the headland top of the field, and the other on the headland at the bottom of the field, as shown in the annexed engraving.

The manure is pulled out at the back end of the cart into small heaps, about five paces apart.

If the land is level, then the heap or heaps should be placed where the least distance will have to be traveled in drawing the manure from the heap to the land.

If two heaps, and the field is longer than it is broad, say 20 rods wide, and 40 rods long, then the heaps should be made as shown on the previous page.

Hence I draw it out as made where I desire to use it, leaving it in small heaps, convenient to spread.

In a few moments, the engineer, Gideon Spilett, and Herbert had rejoined their two companions, and like them, they kept out of sight behind the heaps of basalt.

Then coal and ore were arranged in heaps and in successive layers, as the charcoal-burner does with the wood which he wishes to carbonize.