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

Definition of piling

: a structure of piles also : pile

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The restaurant, which is on concrete pilings, provides an elevated outpost to watch the comings and goings of boats on the watery highway, among them a floating tiki bar whose maneuverings in the harbor defied physics. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 Outside, an epic rainstorm was dumping enormous amounts of water on the Washington area, and on this giant stone structure built on pilings over an ancient creek bed. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "The National Archives’ floating flood wall helped dodge disaster from epic rainfall," 11 July 2019 As the price mounted, speculation and stock-piling became rife. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 The plan to remove the pier and its pilings once used by Ultramar Petroleum Inc. will go before the conservation commission for final approval at the end of the month. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Summer projects scheduled in Glastonbury include multiuse trail construction, oil pier removal," 10 June 2019 The construction of the new pilings is expected to begin in November and continue through the winter. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Rocky Hill Ferry, Chester-Hadlyme Ferry to see $4 million in repairs," 26 June 2019 Mathematicians have been studying sphere packings since at least 1611, when Johannes Kepler conjectured that the densest way to pack together equal-sized spheres in space is the familiar pyramidal piling of oranges seen in grocery stores. Quanta Magazine, "Sphere Packing Solved in Higher Dimensions," 30 Mar. 2016 My son is one of the managers of a restaurant in what was once a cannery; a section of the floor is made of glass bricks so that customers can watch the sea lions lolling on the pilings below. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 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

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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