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transitive verb

variants or less commonly forepale
: to advance (an excavation) in quicksand or caving ground by driving poles, slabs, or sheathing into the ground ahead of the excavating or simultaneously with it


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: a piece of lagging, a heavy plank, or a pole, sharpened on one end and used in forepoling

called also lath, spile, spiling

Word History


Transitive verb

fore- + pole or pale (verb)


fore- + pole (noun)

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“Forepole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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