piling

[ pahy-ling ]
/ ˈpaɪ lɪŋ /
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noun

a mass of building piles considered collectively.
a structure composed of piles.

Nearby words

  1. pili torti,
  2. pili-,
  3. piliferous,
  4. piliform,
  5. pilikia,
  6. pilipino,
  7. pill,
  8. pill beetle,
  9. pill bug,
  10. pill popper

Origin of piling

First recorded in 1400–50, piling is from the late Middle English word pylyng. See pile2, -ing1

pile

1
[ pahyl ]
/ paɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), piled, pil·ing.

verb (used without object), piled, pil·ing.

Origin of pile

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pīla pillar, mole of stone

SYNONYMS FOR pile

pile

2
[ pahyl ]
/ paɪl /

noun

a cylindrical or flat member of wood, steel, concrete, etc., often tapered or pointed at the lower end, hammered vertically into soil to form part of a foundation or retaining wall.
Heraldry. an ordinary in the form of a wedge or triangle coming from one edge of the escutcheon, from the chief unless otherwise specified.
Archery. the sharp head or striking end of an arrow, usually of metal and of the form of a wedge or conical nub.

verb (used with object), piled, pil·ing.

to furnish, strengthen, or support with piles.
to drive piles into.

Origin of pile

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīl shaft < Latin pīlum javelin

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British Dictionary definitions for piling

piling

/ (ˈpaɪlɪŋ) /

noun

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

pile

1
/ (paɪl) /

noun

verb

See also pile up

Word Origin for pile

C15: via Old French from Latin pīla stone pier

pile

2
/ (paɪl) /

noun

a long column of timber, concrete, or steel that is driven into the ground to provide a foundation for a vertical load (a bearing pile) or a group of such columns to resist a horizontal load from earth or water pressure (a sheet pile)
heraldry an ordinary shaped like a wedge, usually displayed point-downwards

verb (tr)

to drive (piles) into the ground
to provide or support (a structure) with piles

Word Origin for pile

Old English pīl, from Latin pīlum

pile

3
/ (paɪl) /

noun

textiles
  1. the yarns in a fabric that stand up or out from the weave, as in carpeting, velvet, flannel, etc
  2. one of these yarns
soft fine hair, fur, wool, etc

Word Origin for pile

C15: from Anglo-Norman pyle, from Latin pilus hair

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Word Origin and History for piling
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Medicine definitions for piling

pile

[ pīl ]

n.

A hemorrhoid.

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Idioms and Phrases with piling

pile

In addition to the idioms beginning with pile

  • pile into
  • pile up

also see:

  • make a bundle (pile)
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