\ ˈspī(-ə)l How to pronounce spile (audio) \

Definition of spile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a small plug used to stop the vent of a cask : bung
3 : a spout inserted in a tree to draw off sap


spiled; spiling

Definition of spile (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to plug with a spile
2 : to supply with a spile

Examples of spile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s Bill, who, after Randy drills the hole into the tree, lightly hammers in the plastic spile, or spout. Heather E. Goodman, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We ring in the spring together’: Sharing the secrets of maple sugaring," 22 Feb. 2021 Sample delicious syrup on pancakes and take home a set of tapping supplies, including a spile, bag, and holder. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Maple tapping workshop on tap at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of spile


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spile


probably from Dutch spijl stake

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“Spile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spile. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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