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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. 2018.
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  • "Better keep an eye out for logs or pilings," Scotty warned.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Some of them gathered under the pier, clustering about the pilings.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Around three of the pilings brush and grass had gathered, picked up from the current.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for pilings


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