spiling

[spahy-ling]
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noun

a group or mass of piles; spiles.

Origin of spiling

First recorded in 1835–45; spile1 + -ing1

spile

1
[spahyl]

noun

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.

verb (used with object), spiled, spil·ing.

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 spile

1
1505–15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; cognate with German Speil

spile

2
[spahyl]Dialect

verb (used with or without object), spiled, spil·ing, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spiling

spile

noun

a heavy timber stake or pile
US and Canadian a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
a plug or spigot

verb (tr)

to provide or support with a spile
US to tap (a tree) with a spile
Northern English dialect a splinter

Word Origin for spile

C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn
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Word Origin and History for spiling

spile

n.

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).

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