from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A post used as a foundation; a pile.
- n. A wooden plug; a bung.
- n. A spigot used in taking sap from a tree.
- transitive v. To support with a spile.
- transitive v. To plug or tap with a spile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A splinter.
- n. A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
- n. A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.
- v. To plug (a hole) with a spile.
- v. To draw off (a liquid) using a spile.
- v. To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile.
- n. A pile; a post or girder.
- v. To support by means of spiles.
- v. spoil.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small plug or wooden pin, used to stop a vent, as in a cask.
- n. A small tube or spout inserted in a tree for conducting sap, as from a sugar maple.
- n. A large stake driven into the ground as a support for some superstructure; a pile.
- transitive v. To supply with a spile or a spigot; to make a small vent in, as a cask.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A solid wooden plug used as a spigot.
- n. A wooden or metal spout driven into a sugar-maple tree to eonduct the sap or sugar-water to a pan or bucket placed beneath it; a tapping-gouge.
- n. In ship-building, a small wooden pin used as a plug for a nail-hole.
- n. A narrow-pointed wedge used in tubbing.
- n. A pile: same as pile, 3.
- To pierce with a small hole and stop the same with a plug, spigot, or the like: said of a cask of liquid.
- To set with piles or piling.
- To play.
- A dialectal form of spoil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
- n. a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
Dutch spijl, wooden pin, from Middle Dutch spīle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of pile, after Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of spoil. (Wiktionary)