\ ˈsī(ə)l \
plural -s

Definition of sile

 (Entry 1 of 6)

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Definition of sile (Entry 2 of 6)

dialectal, chiefly British
: to move especially downward with a flowing or gliding motion the rain siled down
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Definition of sile (Entry 3 of 6)

dialectal, British
: strain, filter sile milk
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plural -s

Definition of sile (Entry 4 of 6)

dialectal, British


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Definition of sile (Entry 5 of 6)

dialectal variant of


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Definition of sile (Entry 6 of 6)

dialectal, British
: spawn or fry of fish (such as herring)

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History and Etymology for sile

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


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 30 Oct. 2020.

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