pil·​ing | \ ˈpī-liŋ How to pronounce piling (audio) \

Definition of piling

: a structure of piles also : pile

Examples of piling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Revere Dock proposes a new seawall made of interlocking steel pipes and sheet piling driven from the surface to bedrock, a depth of about 95 feet. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Company behind shoreline collapse on Detroit River proposes new seawall," 17 June 2020 Over the past month, markets have lost the will to discriminate, first piling into stocks particularly affected by the pandemic then, last week, dumping them due to fears of a second wave. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Airlines Are Losing Money. They Will Still Buy a Lot of Planes," 16 June 2020 No more piling into the Pacifica and making a day of the show — especially on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which, for many folks, is a holiday. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "It could be difficult for Detroit to fill auto show's January void," 20 Jan. 2020 This plant, like the first, was rooted deep in a hole made by a boring nail on the top of the wooden piling. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "There’s Another Tomato Plant in the East River," 6 Sep. 2019 Crews were working to remove a metal cap on the piling structure, called a dolphin, and appear to have ignited the fire, Langford said. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Fire in pilings that shut Lake Shore Drive Bridge extinguished," 7 Oct. 2019 That project is the 11th Street Bridge Park, an elevated public park, similar to New York City’s High Line, that is planned the pilings of the old road bridge that once connected Navy Yard and Anacostia. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Could a community land trust help solve D.C.’s gentrification crisis?," 1 Oct. 2019 No translation could ruin Michael Kohlhaas, whose interest is so much in the dramatic piling on of ever more outrageous events. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "Through Clenched Teeth," 30 Mar. 2020 Residents described a desperate fight for life, with some piling into boats to get away and others diving into water that was in the mid-50s to swim for their lives. Jay Reeves, Anchorage Daily News, "Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of piling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Piling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piling. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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