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  1. a mass of building piles considered collectively.
  2. a structure composed of piles.
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Origin of piling

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

promenade, dock, wharf, jetty, dam, pedestal, girder, scaffolding, joist, shaft, pillar, pole, plank, timber, sill, berth, quay, buttress, column

Examples from the Web for pilings

Historical Examples

  • "Better keep an eye out for logs or pilings," Scotty warned.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Some of them gathered under the pier, clustering about the pilings.

    Key Out of Time

    Andre Alice Norton

  • They are necessary so that we can increase our annual output of poles, pilings, cooperage and veneer.

    The School Book of Forestry

    Charles Lathrop Pack

  • The air was damp and cold and the waters of the bay were lapping softly against the pilings which supported the building.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • It was midday when we tied Gadabout to the pilings beside the bridge, and the weather was hot and sultry.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion

    Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins

British Dictionary definitions for pilings


  1. the act of driving piles
  2. a number of piles
  3. a structure formed of piles
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