Screw pile
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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  • screw-pile — adjective or screw piled ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ Etymology: screw pile : built on screw piles * * * screwˈ pile noun A pile for sinking into the ground, ending in a screw • • • Main Entry: ↑screw …   Useful english dictionary

  • screw pile — screw piling. a pile that is used for the foundations of bridges, lighthouses, etc., and has a screwlike lower end for drilling through and taking firm hold in compacted material. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • screw pile — noun : a usually hollow and cast iron pile that has a screw flange of usually from one to two turns and is used in soft mud or other location requiring a large supporting surface at the end of the pile * * * screw piling. a pile that is used for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • screw pile — /ˈskru paɪl/ (say skrooh puyl) noun a bearing pile with a screw tip, turned into the ground with a capstan, used in soft mud or the like, for the foundation of bridges and other constructions …   Australian English dictionary

  • screw pile — noun A steel pile having a wide helical blade attached at the foot; it is twisted into soft ground in order to provide a large bearing area …   Wiktionary

  • Screw-pile lighthouse — Screw pile lighthouses stand on piles that are screwed into sandy or muddy sea or river bottoms. The first screw pile lighthouse was built by blind Irish engineer Alexander Mitchell. It was constructed in 1838 at the mouth of the Thames and was… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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