variants: or less commonly forepale \ (ˈ)⸗¦⸗ \

Definition of forepole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



Definition of forepole (Entry 2 of 2)

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

called also lath, spile, spiling

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History and Etymology for forepole

Transitive verb

fore- + pole or pale (verb)


fore- + pole (noun)

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“Forepole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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