Definition of Spile

1. Noun. A column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure.

Exact synonyms: Pile, Piling, Stilt
Generic synonyms: Column, Pillar
Specialized synonyms: Sheath Pile, Sheet Pile, Sheet Piling

2. Noun. A plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask.
Exact synonyms: Bung
Group relationships: Barrel, Cask
Generic synonyms: Plug, Stopper, Stopple
Derivative terms: Bung

Definition of Spile

1. n. A small plug or wooden pin, used to stop a vent, as in a cask.

2. v. t. To supply with a spile or a spigot; to make a small vent in, as a cask.

Definition of Spile

1. Noun. (obsolete or dialectal) A splinter. ¹

2. Noun. A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask. ¹

3. Noun. (American English) A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap. ¹

4. Verb. To plug (a hole) with a spile. ¹

5. Verb. To draw off (a liquid) using a spile. ¹

6. Verb. To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile. ¹

7. Noun. A pile; a post or girder. ¹

8. Verb. To support by means of spiles. ¹

9. Verb. (US dialect ambitransitive) spoil. ¹

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Definition of Spile

1. to stop up with a wooden plug [v SPILED, SPILING, SPILES]

Medical Definition of Spile

1. 1. A small plug or wooden pin, used to stop a vent, as in a cask. 2. A small tube or spout inserted in a tree for conducting sap, as from a sugar maple. 3. A large stake driven into the ground as a support for some superstructure; a pile. Spile hole, a small air hole in a cask; a vent. Origin: Cf. LG. Spile, dial. G. Speil, speiler, D. Spijl. 170. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spile

spile (current term)
spill blood
spill ink
spill one's guts

Literary usage of Spile

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cases Selected from Those Heard and Determined in the Vice-admiralty Court by Québec (Province). Vice-Admiralty Court (1875)
"But I cannot help thinking, after a careful and deliberate review of the evidence, that there was an error in judgment in trusting to one spile. ..."

2. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1893)
"spile.—See note 3. SPIRITS; SPIRITUOUS. ... said: 'Their lordships were good enough to say in their opinion, "Nothing need be said about the word spile. ..."

3. The Admiralty Decisions of Sir William Young, Kt. ... 1865-1880 by Nova Scotia Vice-Admiralty Court, William Young (1882)
"ment in trusting to one spile. Baldwin's evidence and my own inspection show that there was a second spile on the south side of Dominion Wharf, ..."

4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events (1871)
"... in spite of very active instigations made from without, and in spile of the spontaneous and continual demonstrations uf fidelity, attachment, ..."

5. A Systematic Arrangement of British Plants: With an Easy Introduction to the by William Withering (1801)
"spile not Strictly «o, on account of the lower florets having short fruit, stalks. Filaments short when the blossom first opens, afterwards very long. ..."

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