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spile1

[spahyl] /spaɪl/
noun
1.
a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot.
2.
a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
3.
a heavy wooden stake or pile.
4.
Mining. forepole.
verb (used with object), spiled, spiling.
5.
to stop up (a hole) with a spile or peg.
6.
to furnish with a spigot or spout, as for drawing off a liquid.
7.
to tap by means of a spile.
8.
to furnish, strengthen, or support with spiles or piles.
Origin of spile1
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; cognate with German Speil

spile2

[spahyl] /spaɪl/ Dialect
verb (used with or without object), spiled, spiling, noun
1.
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Examples from the Web for spiles
Historical Examples
  • The first thing done in the latter work was the driving of spiles.

  • It makes all dar stumacs big, like as you seed 'em, and spiles dar 'gestion.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • "John, ye musn't talk so ter th' sarvents; it spiles 'em," said his wife.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • "Not if it spiles your work, it ain't," said the man in yellow.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • It's to life what a drought is to Nature—an' it spiles mo' people than any other weakness.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Then the spiles were driven in tightly with a wooden mallet.

  • How deep must the spiles be driven successfully to draw off the sap?

  • To the Wieters belongs the spiles; if that ain't a motter, what's the use of having it?

    Quodlibet John P. Kennedy
  • It's going to be concrete, from the spiles up—there ain't anything like it in the country.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • A striped snaik in the morning spiles the rest ov that day for me.

British Dictionary definitions for spiles

spile

/spaɪl/
noun
1.
a heavy timber stake or pile
2.
(US & Canadian) a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
3.
a plug or spigot
verb (transitive)
4.
to provide or support with a spile
5.
(US) to tap (a tree) with a spile
6.
(Northern English, dialect) a splinter
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn
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Word Origin and History for spiles

spile

n.

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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