pil·ing | \ˈpī-liŋ \

Definition of piling 

: a structure of piles also : pile

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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 The force of the current had pushed it past the pilings. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Beyond ‘Satanic Panic’: Agent has theory on 30-year mystery of missing Kansas teen | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 The team at Delson or Sherman rebuilt the deck and pool on wood pilings to align with the main floor and created new points of entry to access them. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Fire Island house brings the spirit of sand and surf indoors," 9 July 2018 The design distributes the forces of the waves over a greater number of pilings. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 2, 1966: Ocean Beach Pier Dedicated," 2 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\

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

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