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

Definition of piling

: a structure of piles also : pile

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So when all the factors affecting the release of greenhouse gases were added together, the drag on economic growth roughly canceled out the piling-on effect of the Earth’s carbon cycle—a pretty remarkable result. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change," 19 Dec. 2018 The residence sits on concrete pilings and offers views of Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the historic Charleston peninsula. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Grand home built in scenic Charleston harbor asks $7.9M," 6 Nov. 2018 The pilings were designed to cut off the flow of water from the canal underneath the levee and floodwall. 2. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Corps insists 17th Street Canal levee is safe, even with seepage," 30 Mar. 2018 Down the road, another set of 10-foot pilings is all that’s left. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 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

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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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