spile

1 [spahyl]
noun
1.
a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot.
2.
a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
3.
a heavy wooden stake or pile.
4.
Mining. forepole.
verb (used with object), spiled, spiling.
5.
to stop up (a hole) with a spile or peg.
6.
to furnish with a spigot or spout, as for drawing off a liquid.
7.
to tap by means of a spile.
8.
to furnish, strengthen, or support with spiles or piles.

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

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spile

2 [spahyl] Dialect.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), spiled, spiling, noun
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spile (spaɪl)
 
n
1.  a heavy timber stake or pile
2.  (US), (Canadian) a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
3.  a plug or spigot
 
vb
4.  to provide or support with a spile
5.  (US) to tap (a tree) with a spile
6.  dialect (Northern English) a splinter
 
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn]

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Example sentences
Two large spile drivers are now building a crib, to mark the location of the piers.
Use a battery-powered drill and a bit that matches the size of your tap or spile for a tight fit.
Discharge through spiles frequently is controlled using a small wooden stake that slides across the spile opening.
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