Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A column; pillar.
  • n. A beam; rafter; one of the principal rafters of a building.
  • n. The foot or lower part of a couple or rafter.
  • n. A roof rafter or couple, usually one of a pair.
  • v. To strain, as milk; pass through a strainer or anything similar; filter.
  • v. To flow down; drip; drop; fall; sink.
  • v. To settle down; calm or compose oneself.
  • v. To go; pass.
  • v. To boil gently; simmer.
  • v. To pour with rain.
  • n. A sieve.
  • n. A strainer or colander for liquids;
  • n. That which is sifted or strained, hence, settlings; sediment; filth.
  • n. A young herring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sieve with fine meshes.
  • n. Filth; sediment.
  • n. A young or small herring.
  • intransitive v. To drop; to flow; to fall.
  • transitive v. To strain, as fresh milk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strain, as milk; pass through a strainer or anything similar; filter.
  • To flow down; drop; fall; sink.
  • To settle down; compose or calm one's self.
  • To pass; go.
  • To boil gently; simmer.
  • n. A sieve.
  • n. A strainer or colander for liquids.
  • n. That which is sifted or strained; hence, settlings; sediment; filth.
  • n. Same as sill.
  • n. A dialectal variant of soil.
  • n. A young herring.

Etymologies

From Middle English syle, from Old English sȳl ("column, pillar, support"), from Proto-Germanic *sūliz (“beam, post, column, pillar”), Proto-Indo-European *ḱsewl-, *ḱswel- (“log”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱsew-, *ḱes- (“to scratch, comb”). Cognate with Dutch zuil ("pillar"), German Säule ("column, pillar"), Norwegian sul ("pillar"), Icelandic súla ("column"), Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌿𐌻𐍃 (sauls, "pillar"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English silen, sylen, from Middle Low German silen ("to let off water, filter, strain"; > Low German silen, sielen), equivalent to sie +‎ -le. Cognate with German sielen ("let off water, filter"), Swedish sila ("to strain, filter, sift"), German Siel ("drain, sewer, sluice"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *sile, from Old Norse síl ("a kind of herring"), from Proto-Germanic *sīlan, *sīlō (“herring”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Icelandic síld ("herring"), Norwegian and Danish sild ("herring"), Swedish dialectal sil ("young fish, fry"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The mis'sile's hunter-pilot circuits were not intelligent enough to foresee that and change course while there was still time.

    Three Worlds To Conquer

  • Developerzy Nokii chyba zrozumieli, że obecnie o sile systemu decyduje ilość i różnorodność aplikacji dla niego dostępnych i postanowili rozejrzeć się po rynku aby uatrakcyjnić swoją ofertę.

    Ovi Developers’ Challenge - konkurs dla pomysłowych

  • And it was a message that was a heat-seeking mis- sile aimed at otherwise clear-thinking individuals who come from the most coddled, overprotected, information-drenched generation in American history.

    OBAMA ZOMBIES

  • May 3, 2010 at 3:05 am lettus nao paws fur a momint ob sile ins.

    2 kapchur da cheezburger - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Being also easily amused, I think of this action as playing the sile-phone.

    Word Fugitives

  • These movies of Saturn and its satellites are sile ...

    Photo of the Day: Candles in a Reflective Mood

  • Maks na sile wkladal mi kabanosy do ust, a kiedy rozmawialam z Mama, myslal, ze rozmawiam z M. i krzyczal, ze jestem pijana. pijana bynajmniej ani troche nie bylam.

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  • NIE LUBIE, kiedy ktos na sile zwraca czyjas uwage.

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  • Thistles here is also remarkable fine, and the land is also devided hoff by luxurient Stone Hedges — much more usefle and ickonomicle than your quickset or any of that rubbishing sort of timber: indeed the sile is of that fine natur, that timber refuses to grow there altogether.

    The diary of C. Jeames De La Pluche, Esq., with his letters

  • The fire had burne twice and twice the plump housekeeper had come in, sile stoke it up again.

    Briar Rose

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