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[pahy-ling] /ˈpaɪ lɪŋ/
a mass of building piles considered collectively.
a structure composed of piles.
Origin of piling
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, piling is from the late Middle English word pylyng. See pile2, -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The air was damp and cold and the waters of the bay were lapping softly against the pilings which supported the building.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Some of them gathered under the pier, clustering about the pilings.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • "Better keep an eye out for logs or pilings," Scotty warned.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • They are necessary so that we can increase our annual output of poles, pilings, cooperage and veneer.

    The School Book of Forestry Charles Lathrop Pack
  • Around three of the pilings brush and grass had gathered, picked up from the current.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Standing on the upper deck, we could look down stream to the place where our houseboat had been stopped by the row of pilings.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • It was midday when we tied Gadabout to the pilings beside the bridge, and the weather was hot and sultry.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • Anina nosed its bow into this doorway, and grasping one of the pilings near at hand, brought it to rest.

    The Fire People Ray Cummings
  • That was the unmistakable lurch we felt, but no one expects to run into pilings in mid-ocean, so every one knew what it was.

British Dictionary definitions for pilings


the act of driving piles
a number of piles
a structure formed of piles
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