- a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot.
- a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
- a heavy wooden stake or pile.
- Mining. forepole.
- to stop up (a hole) with a spile or peg.
- to furnish with a spigot or spout, as for drawing off a liquid.
- to tap by means of a spile.
- to furnish, strengthen, or support with spiles or piles.
Origin of spile1
1505–15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; cognate with German Speil
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- a heavy timber stake or pile
- US and Canadian a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
- a plug or spigot
- to provide or support with a spile
- US to tap (a tree) with a spile
- Northern English dialect a splinter
C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn
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Word Origin and History for spile
tap or spout for drawing maple sugar, 1844, from Northern English dialect spile "splinter" (1510s), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile "splinter, skewer, bar, spindle," perhaps related to spike (n.1).
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