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screw pile

a pile that is used for the foundations of bridges, lighthouses, etc., and has a screwlike lower end for drilling through and taking firm hold in compacted material.
Origin of screw pile
First recorded in 1830-40
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screw piling, noun Unabridged
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  • At that time a new lighthouse of the screw pile type was built two and one-half miles offshore from Smith Point.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
British Dictionary definitions for screw pile

screw pile

a pile with a threaded tip that is screwed into the ground by a winch or capstan
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