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spile1

[spahyl] /spaɪl/
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
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; cognate with German Speil

spile2

[spahyl] /spaɪl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), spiled, spiling, noun
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for spiles

spile

/spaɪl/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
4.
to provide or support with a spile
5.
(US) to tap (a tree) with a spile
6.
(Northern English, dialect) a splinter
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn
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Word Origin and History for spiles

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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