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

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 With Trump still promising the wall, Vidaurri figures it’s only a matter of time until Homeland Security arrives with bulldozers and pile drivers. T. Christian Miller, Propublica, Kiah Collier And Julian Aguilar, star-telegram, "How federal government seized property for border fence | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 Dec. 2017 The pages that follow introduce children to the thrill of bulldozers, graders, skippers, excavators, cranes and pile drivers. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Review: The Best New Children’s Books," 8 Dec. 2017 At Tennessee, Vols fans have butchered Butch Jones since Georgia delivered a pile driver in a 41-0 rout last Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Andrew Astleford, ajc, "Dreaming of Chip Kelly? If your team can’t be fixed fast, forget it," 4 Oct. 2017

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pile driver

: a machine used for hammering posts into the ground

: a very hard kick or hit

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