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

Origin of piling

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

Historical Examples of pilings

  • "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



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