- a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot.
- a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
- a heavy wooden stake or pile.
- Mining. forepole.
- to stop up (a hole) with a spile or peg.
- to furnish with a spigot or spout, as for drawing off a liquid.
- to tap by means of a spile.
- to furnish, strengthen, or support with spiles or piles.
Origin of spile1
Examples from the Web for spiles
The first thing done in the latter work was the driving of spiles.Cleveland Past and Present
It makes all dar stumacs big, like as you seed 'em, and spiles dar 'gestion.
"John, ye musn't talk so ter th' sarvents; it spiles 'em," said his wife.
"Not if it spiles your work, it ain't," said the man in yellow.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
It's to life what a drought is to Nature—an' it spiles mo' people than any other weakness.The Bishop of Cottontown
John Trotwood Moore
- a heavy timber stake or pile
- US and Canadian a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
- a plug or spigot
- to provide or support with a spile
- US to tap (a tree) with a spile
- Northern English dialect a splinter
Word Origin and History for spiles
tap or spout for drawing maple sugar, 1844, from Northern English dialect spile "splinter" (1510s), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile "splinter, skewer, bar, spindle," perhaps related to spike (n.1).