from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of driving piles.
  • noun Piles considered as a group.
  • noun A structure composed of piles.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Logs ready to be made into piles, or from which piles are made.
  • noun In leather manufacturing, a slow inward sweating of the leather.
  • noun In engineering, the operation of placing and driving piles in position.
  • noun Piles collectively; pilework.
  • noun See pile, verb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A series of piles; piles considered collectively.
  • noun sheet piles connected together at the edges by dovetailed tongues and grooves.
  • noun a series of piles made of planks or half logs driven edge to edge, -- used to form the walls of cofferdams, etc.
  • noun The act of heaping up.
  • noun (Iron Manuf.) The process of building up, heating, and working, fagots, or piles, to form bars, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A structural support comprised of a length of wood, steel, or other construction material.
  • verb Present participle of pile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure


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