spile

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile (splinter, peg), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *spīlaz (splinter, peg), from Proto-Indo-European *spēy- (prickle, pointed stick). Cognate with Eastern Frisian spyl, German Speil (chip, splinter, gore, wedge), Danish spile.

Noun[edit]

spile (plural spiles)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) A splinter.
  2. A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      So I felt my way down the passage back to the vault, and recked not of the darkness, nor of Blackbeard and his crew, if only I could lay my lips to liquor. Thus I groped about the barrels till near the top of the stack my hand struck on the spile of a keg, and drawing it, I got my mouth to the hold.
  3. (US) A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.

Verb[edit]

spile (third-person singular simple present spiles, present participle spiling, simple past and past participle spiled)

  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.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of pile, after Etymology 1, above.

Noun[edit]

spile (plural spiles)

  1. A pile; a post or girder.

Verb[edit]

spile (third-person singular simple present spiles, present participle spiling, simple past and past participle spiled)

  1. To support by means of spiles.

Etymology 3[edit]

Alteration of spoil.

Verb[edit]

spile (third-person singular simple present spiles, present participle spiling, simple past and past participle spiled)

  1. (US, dialect, transitive, intransitive) spoil.

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