from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In archaeology and art, a mortar, especially one notable archæologically on account of its antiquity or design.
  • n. The holy-water font in an Italian church, usually a stone vase of considerable richness.
  • n. Plural of pilum.
  • n. A stone horse-trough.


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  • While the pila is filling, sprinkle water on the hard-packed dirt floor in the house, simultaneously shooing the chickens outside, and then sweep.

    A day in the life of my mother-in-law by Alex Vinson

  • I can tell you one thing, washing clothes on a pila is VERY hard on the clothes.

    Where can I buy a pila in the US

  • Our “washing machine” is called a pila and it holds gallons and gallons of water that are used for more than just washing clothing.

    A Bit of Elbow Grease

  • The faucet empties out into a pila, which is a wash basin consisting of a large tub of water with two slabs of concrete on either side for washing dishes and doing laundry.

    4 Days in The Campo

  • Among the ancients, games with the "pila" were those played with the "pila trigonalis," so called, probably, from the players standing in a triangle, and those with the "follis," which was a larger ball, inflated with air and struck with the hands, or used for a football.

    The Captiva and the Mostellaria

  • Bella y muy personal, la pila de baño diseñada por Ekateryna Sokolova [...]

    Fresh Washbasin by Ekateryna Sokolova

  • By La “inusual” pila de baño de Ekateryna Sokolova on March 1, 2010 at 10: 56 am

    Fresh Washbasin by Ekateryna Sokolova

  • The Dengue patrols (from the Health Dept) have stepped it up a notch and instead of believing people who say they don't have a pila in the back yard, (or any standing water) are checking for themselves.

    Dengue A word of caution

  • At the front gate, a second fellow who had ID, was asking the questions about the pila or any standing water.

    Dengue A word of caution

  • First they cast their pila with devastating effect, then they drew their swords and swung their shields around and waded into battle like the intermeshed components of one gigantic machine.

    The First Man in Rome


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