pile driver


Definition of pile driver

: a machine for driving down piles with a drop hammer or a steam or air hammer

Examples of pile driver in a Sentence

He hit a pile driver into the net from 20 yards out.
Recent Examples on the Web Huge cranes and pile drivers have now joined the mix at the Protective Stadium construction site in Birmingham. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Watch crews drive steel at Protective Stadium site," 7 Feb. 2020 Monica Gauthier, a pile driver near Portland, Oregon, had been unsuccessfully looking for work back in 2005 when someone told her about an upcoming job fair for women who might want to enter the field. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 In 1870, the first mayor of Seattle is elected: Henry Atkins, a pile driver who helped build docks and wharves on Puget Sound. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A tiny-house village for women opens in Seattle, and wildfire season arrives with the nice weather | Wednesday Morning Brief, July 11," 11 July 2018 Buy Photo The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Blackwood firm for safety violations in the death of a pile driver at a construction site on the Camden waterfront in September. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Feds cite South Jersey firm in death of ex-boxer David Bey in Camden construction accident," 30 Mar. 2018 But his memoir, like Guo’s, also captures a China where the syncopation of pile drivers only adds to the drumbeat of national optimism. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Eyewitnesses to America’s Greatest International Competitor," 2 Feb. 2018 With labor gangs, mechanized excavators, pile drivers, dredges and dynamite, the largest single infrastructure project in New Orleans history progressed steadily over the next 15 months. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "The radical idea of connecting the river to the lake: Industrial Canal was an engineering marvel," 9 Jan. 2018 Saturday’s good times make up for the rest of the week’s hard work and hangover in this song by Mr. Bartholomew, as Domino’s piano triplets become a pile driver. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Fats Domino Songs: Listen to 12 Essential Tracks," 25 Oct. 2017 Read it and realize that the bulldozers and pile drivers are probably not too far away. James Warren, The Hive, "The Massive, Botched Land Grab Behind Trump’s Border Wall," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pile driver

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Pile driver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pile%20driver. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pile driver

: a machine used for hammering posts into the ground
British, informal : a very hard kick or hit

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