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 The project's general contractor, Lunda/McCrossan Joint Venture, has been installing giant vertical sheets of steel using a press-in pile driver to stabilize soil and make room for tunnel construction. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 But despite hammering those various points home with all the subtlety of a pile driver, her message ends up as muddled as the plot. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2020 Huge cranes and pile drivers have now joined the mix at the Protective Stadium construction site in Birmingham. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pile driver

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pile driver was in 1766

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22 Jun 2021

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“Pile driver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pile%20driver. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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