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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun spile:

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Definition of the noun spile

What does spile mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: spiles

  1. a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of spile: pile / piling / stilt
    • more generic words: column / pillar = a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
    • more specific terms: sheet piling / sheath pile / sheet pile = a pile in a row of piles driven side by side to retain earth or prevent seepage
  2. a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of spile: bung
    • more generic words: plug / stopper / stopple = blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
    • part of: barrel / cask = a cylindrical container that holds liquids

Alternative definition of the noun spile

noun

  1. [obsolete or dialectal] A splinter.
  2. A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
  3. [US] A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.
  4. A pile; a post or girder.

Definition of the verb spile

What does spile mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: spiled | spiling | spiles

  1. To plug (a hole) with a spile.
  2. To draw off (a liquid) using a spile.
  3. To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile.
  4. To support by means of spiles.
  5. [US, dialect, ambitransitive] spoil.

Explanation

Spile: A spile is a small wooden or metal peg used to control the flow of air into, and carbon dioxide out of, a cask of ale. It also can be used to obtain water from a tree.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Spile

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Google previewSoutheast Foraging (2015)

120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Angelica to Wild Plums by Chris Bennett

Insert a spile into the hole: a spile is a metal peg that allows sap to flow out of the tree. (You can also insert a length of food-grade sterile plastic tubing.) Once inserted, lightly tap the spile with a rock or a knife and you should start to see sap ...

Google previewThe Wildwood Way (2015)

Spiritual Growth in the Heart of Nature by Cliff Seruntine

A spile is a just a small metal tube, slightly coneshaped, with a hook at one end. They can be acquired from many farmsupply stores where maple trees are abundant. They can also easily be found online. Woods Lore: Gone Mapling.

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

Tapping with the gouge is not now so common ; Tx>ring with the auger and inserting an elder or a turned spile is the usual plan. Tap'ping-ma-chine'. 1 . ( Metal-working. ) A machine for tapping out internal screw-threads. In that illustrated, the ...

Google previewNew and Extensive Sailing Directions for the Navigation of the North Sea (1823)

by John William Norie

* The SPILE is a narrow shoal, running in an E. by S. direction and joins the ...

Google previewThe new British channel pilot, containing sailing directions from London to St. David's head [&c.]. (1839)

by John William Norie

The SPILE is a narrow shoal, running in an E. by S. direction, and joins the Red Sand; its breadth is somewhat less than a quarter of a mile, with only 1 and 2 feet over it; there is a black buoy on its western extremity, lying in 10 feet water, with a ...

Google previewThe Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer (1911)

The spile is the conductor of the sap from the tree to the receptacle placed to catch it. Nowadays the holes are bored with small augers or bits, and not very deep, so that the process of tapping trees as practiced at the present time injures them ...

Google previewThe Planter and Sugar Manufacturer (1911)

The spile is the conductor of the sap from the tree to the receptacle placed to catch it. Nowadays the holes are bored with small angers or bits, and not very deep, so that the process of tapping trees as practiced at the present time injures them ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Old English Language (1878)

Compiled from Writings of the XII., XIII., XIV. and XV. Centuries by Francis Henry Stratmann

spyle, spile, spelc, ( □'. L. Germ, sulic, 0. II. Germ, su-, soliciter, Goth. svalciks, 0. bel. slîkr, such (sieh), ...

Google previewFocaloir Gaoidhilge-Sax-Bhearla Or an Irish-English Dictionary (1768)

SPALLA, & spile, a wedge. alfo : fragment of a stone for wal1I12.« šana", to beat or strike. SPALPAIRE, a spruce fellow. SPARAIG , the bit of a Bridle. SPARA'N, a purfe or pouch. alfo the scrorum. also a crisping pin. If 3. 22. SPARN, a quarrel ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (1988)

by Nila Gott

living in _ NEMORAL measure _ CORD nymph _ DRYAD overlay _ VENEER plug _ SPILE sorrel _ OCA, OXALIS stork _ IBIS striping _ ROC thin _ SHIM tool _ ADZ, MALL wedge shaped _ SHIM woodchuck _ MARMOT wooded _ BOSKY, ...

Google previewThe Anglo-American Encyclopedia and Dictionary: Dictionary department (A-Z) (1904)

etoD a Tent or to command the opening One of the commonest is Maia aquinado, the through a faucet ; a spile. Spinous Spider-crab (q. ▽.). spider -eater, s. Omith. : The same as Spidek-c atcheb, 1. spider-fly, a. Entom.: A popular ...

Google previewA critical pronouncing dictionary, and expositor of the English language (1840)

in which the meaning of every word is explained, and the sound of every syllable distinctly shown. To which is prefixed, an abstract of the principles of English pronunciation, and directions to foreigners for acquiring a knowledge of the use of this dictionary by John Walker

Spile, spile, s. A peg or pin to stop a hole in a cask. Spyglass, spl'glas. s. A kind of telescope. Squatter, BkwÄt'tür. s. One who settles upon land without a title. , Squaw, skwaw. s. The Indian name for woman. [an eel. Squirm, skwêrra. v. a. To ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (2012)

by Ernest Weekley

spile. Splinter, vent-peg. Cf. Du. spijl, skewer, etc spill'. Verb. AS. spillan, to destroy, wreck, kill, squander; of. Du. LG. spillen, ON. spilla; also AS. spildan, OSax. spildian, obs. Ger. spilden. Cf. F. gaspiller ...

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Spile Meaning

Video shows what spile means. A splinter.. A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.. A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.

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Scrabble value of S1P3I1L1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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