screw pile



a pile that is used for the foundations of bridges, lighthouses, etc., and has a screwlike lower end for drilling through and taking firm hold in compacted material.

Nearby words

  1. screw hook,
  2. screw jack,
  3. screw loose,
  4. screw nail,
  5. screw nut,
  6. screw pine,
  7. screw plate,
  8. screw press,
  9. screw propeller,
  10. screw someone out of

Origin of screw pile

First recorded in 1830–40

Related formsscrew piling, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for screw pile

  • One of these inventions is the iron-pile or screw-pile lighthouse, and the other is the iron cylinder lighthouse.

British Dictionary definitions for screw pile

screw pile


a pile with a threaded tip that is screwed into the ground by a winch or capstan
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