pil·​ing | \ˈpī-liŋ \

Definition of piling 

: a structure of piles also : pile

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On Sunday, Papallo — who lives on the riverbank — looked out his living room window and noticed one of the marina’s pilings was crooked. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Ice Chokes River in Haddam," 18 Jan. 2018 There are about 20 feet of air between the ground and the top of the pilings holding up a new two-story house on the island’s main drag, running parallel to the Gulf of Mexico. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 The operator of a crane installing sheet piling along a drainage canal in Old Mandeville Thursday morning (April 19) had to be rescued after the crane overturned in the water and trapped him in the submerged cab. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Operator rescued when crane flips into Mandeville canal," 19 Apr. 2018 The new structure would have to maintain the footprint of the old one, although it would be raised on pilings more than 11 feet above sea level. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Shipshape House in the Hamptons," 19 June 2018 The project included adding extra pilings underneath, so the building could be moved 5 feet back from the road and raised one foot above the water, reported the South Strand News. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Optical illusion? SC church switches sides of the road – then switches back. | Charlotte Observer," 16 Mar. 2018 The piling of firefighters into small buildings/rooms/apartments seems to be a very common problem, particularly in aggressive major city fire departments such as mine. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 Isaac Babcock The gauge is inside a weathered PVC pipe screwed into the wood piling of a tiny tin dock at the end of a trail in the Withlachoochee Gulf Preserve. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 The National Park Service had hoped to reopen the site by the holiday, but it’s taken longer than anticipated to figure out how to repair the dock that allows visitors to board the memorial, which rests on pilings over the sunken battleship. Heidi Chang, latimes.com, "USS Arizona Memorial, watery grave of Pearl Harbor sailors, remains closed as officials mull repairs," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of piling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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pil·​ing | \ˈpī-liŋ\

Kids Definition of piling

: a supporting structure made of large stakes or pointed posts driven into the ground

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