a pile, usually one of a group, set beside ferry slips, wharves, etc., to guide approaching vessels and driven so as to yield slightly when struck in order to lessen the shock of contact.
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Origin of fender pile
First recorded in 1730–40
Also called pile fender.
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British Dictionary definitions for fender pile
an upright, usually freestanding, pile driven into the sea bed or a riverbed beside a berth to protect the dock wall or wharf from the impact of vessels
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