Pile engine
Pile Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: Tubular iron piles are now much used. [1913 Webster]

2. [Cf. F. pile.] (Her.) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost. [1913 Webster]

{Pile bridge}, a bridge of which the roadway is supported on piles.

{Pile cap}, a beam resting upon and connecting the heads of piles.

{Pile driver}, or {Pile engine}, an apparatus for driving down piles, consisting usually of a high frame, with suitable appliances for raising to a height (by animal or steam power, the explosion of gunpowder, etc.) a heavy mass of iron, which falls upon the pile.

{Pile dwelling}. See {Lake dwelling}, under {Lake}.

{Pile plank} (Hydraul. Eng.), a thick plank used as a pile in sheet piling. See {Sheet piling}, under {Piling}.

{Pneumatic pile}. See under {Pneumatic}.

{Screw pile}, one with a screw at the lower end, and sunk by rotation aided by pressure. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pile engine — noun see pile driver 1 * * * pile engine, = pile driver (def. 1). (Cf. ↑pile driver) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pile — Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pile bridge — Pile Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pile cap — Pile Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pile driver — Pile Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pile dwelling — Pile Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pile plank — Pile Pile, n. [AS. p[=i]l arrow, stake, L. pilum javelin; but cf. also L. pila pillar.] 1. A large stake, or piece of timber, pointed and driven into the earth, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pile|driv|er — pile driver, or pile|driv|er «PYL DRY vuhr», noun. 1. a machine for driving piles or stakes into the ground, usually a tall framework in which a heavy weight is raised and then allowed to fall upon the pile; pile engine. 2. Figurative. a person… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Pile driver — A pile driver is a mechanical device used to drive piles into soil to provide foundation support for buildings or other structures. The term is also used in reference to members of the construction crew that work with pile driving rigs.One… …   Wikipedia

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