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  • n. A wedge-shaped spike used to secure the end of a timber where it abuts another. Much used in earlier times in the construction of tunnelled box-timber headings.
  • v. To poke or prick

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar brad-shaped spike, to be driven alongside the end of an abutting timber to prevent its slipping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prick with a bodkin.
  • n. A wedge-shaped spike, driven along the side of a timber which abuts against another, to prevent it from slipping.
  • n. In coal-mining, a short, thick piece of timber, used for supporting the coal which is being holed or undercut; a prop.

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