spile

noun
\ 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

spile

verb
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, 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, 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of spile

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spile

Noun

probably from Dutch spijl stake

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“Spile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spile. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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