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1. A post used as a foundation; a pile.
2. A wooden plug; a bung.
3. A spout used in taking sap from a tree.
tr.v. spiled, spil·ing, spiles
1. To support with a spile.
2. To plug or tap with a spile.
[Dutch spijl, wooden pin, from Middle Dutch spīle.]
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1. (Building) a heavy timber stake or pile
2. (Forestry) US and Canadian a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
3. (Tools) a plug or spigot
4. (Building) to provide or support with a spile
5. (Forestry) US to tap (a tree) with a spile
6. dialect Northern English a splinter
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. spiled, spil•ing. n.
1. a peg or plug of wood, esp. one used as a spigot.
2. a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
3. a heavy wooden stake or pile.v.t.
4. to stop up (a hole) with a spile.
5. to tap by means of a spile.
6. to strengthen or support with spiles.
[1505–15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; c. German Speil]
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Past participle: spiled
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|Noun||1.||spile - a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure|
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
|2.||spile - a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask|
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