American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To support with a spile.
- v. To plug or tap with a spile.
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.
- n. A splinter.
- n. A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
- n. US 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. US, dialect, transitive, intransitive spoil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To supply with a spile or a spigot; to make a small vent in, as a cask.
- 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
- Alteration of spoil. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch spijl, wooden pin, from Middle Dutch spīle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Maple Tree This tool is called a spile, and the sap drips through it.”
“A firkin, as the reader probably knows, is the least compromising of casks, and Mr Latter regularly attended in person to "spile" it.”
“Unions are to blame cause some sputtering spile slipped its bung.”
“Just seems no real cure to seeing the sputtering spile bunged”
“The first thing the cellarman does is drive a soft spile into the top vent of the cask.”
“As hunted l4 days and saw oly l small spile W-tail amdonly 2 Mule Deer Bucks (I got one), no Elk period.”
“Then he hammered a small metal spile into the hole, which was already wet with sap.”
“He hung a bucket on the spile and topped it with a little tin roof.”
“The cask breather sits atop the cask in the place of the spile the semi-porous plug at the top of a tapped cask and allows up to 3psi of CO2 to replace the beer as it's poured.”
“To begin, maple trees (there are many types) are tapped with a spile and a bucket is hung to collect the sap.”
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