sile

1 of 6

noun (1)

ˈsī(ə)l
plural -s
Scottish

sile

2 of 6

intransitive verb

"
-ed/-ing/-s
dialectal, chiefly British
: to move especially downward with a flowing or gliding motion
the rain siled down

sile

3 of 6

transitive verb

"
-ed/-ing/-s
dialectal, British
: strain, filter
sile milk

sile

4 of 6

noun (2)

"
plural -s
dialectal, British

sile

5 of 6
"

dialectal variant of soil

sile

6 of 6

noun

"
plural -s
dialectal, British
: spawn or fry of fish (such as herring)

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, perhaps from Old English sȳl pillar, column; akin to Old High German sūl pillar, Old Norse sūl, sūla, Gothic sauls

Intransitive verb

Middle English

Transitive verb

Middle English silen, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish sila to strain, sil strainer, Norwegian sile to strain, sil strainer

Noun (2)

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish & Norwegian sil strainer

Noun

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sīld herring

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“Sile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sile. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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