Spile hole
Spile Spile, n. [Cf. LG. spile, dial. G. speil, speiler, D. spijl. [root]170.] 1. A small plug or wooden pin, used to stop a vent, as in a cask. [1913 Webster]

2. A small tube or spout inserted in a tree for conducting sap, as from a sugar maple. [1913 Webster]

3. A large stake driven into the ground as a support for some superstructure; a pile. [1913 Webster]

{Spile hole}, a small air hole in a cask; a vent. [1913 Webster]


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  • Spile — Spile, n. [Cf. LG. spile, dial. G. speil, speiler, D. spijl. [root]170.] 1. A small plug or wooden pin, used to stop a vent, as in a cask. [1913 Webster] 2. A small tube or spout inserted in a tree for conducting sap, as from a sugar maple. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spile — A spile is a small wooden peg used to control the flow of carbon dioxide out of a cask of ale.Cask ale is served without externally supplied carbon dioxide or nitrogen. The idea that it is served flat with no bubbles at all, though, is a… …   Wikipedia

  • spile — [spīl] n. [MDu, splinter, skewer, bar, spindle: for IE base see SPIKE1] 1. a plug or spigot, as for a barrel ☆ 2. a tap or spout driven into a maple tree to draw off sap 3. a heavy stake or timber driven into the ground as a foundation or support …   English World dictionary

  • spile — 1. noun a) A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask. So I felt my way down the passage back to the vault, and recked not of the darkness, nor of Blackbeard and his crew, if only I could lay my lips to liquor. Thus I groped about …   Wiktionary

  • spile — spile1 /spuyl/, n., v., spiled, spiling. n. 1. a peg or plug of wood, esp. one used as a spigot. 2. a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple. 3. a heavy wooden stake or pile. 4. Mining. forepole. v.t. 5. to stop up (a hole) with a spile or …   Universalium

  • spile — [[t]spaɪl[/t]] n. v. spiled, spil•ing 1) a peg or plug of wood, esp. one used as a spigot 2) a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple 3) bui a heavy wooden stake or pile 4) to stop up (a hole) with a spile 5) to tap by means of a spile 6)… …   From formal English to slang

  • spile — /spaɪl/ (say spuyl) noun 1. a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot. 2. US a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple. 3. a heavy stake or beam driven into the ground, etc., as a support; a pile. –verb (t) (spiled, spiling) 4 …   Australian English dictionary

  • spile — n. & v. n. 1 a wooden peg or spigot. 2 a large timber or pile for driving into the ground. 3 US a small spout for tapping the sap from a sugar maple etc. v.tr. make a spike hole in (a cask etc.) in order to draw off liquid. Etymology: MDu., MLG …   Useful english dictionary

  • Draught beer — fonts at the Delirium Café in Brussels Draught beer (Draft beer in U.S.) is beer served from a cask or a pressurised keg. Contents 1 History of draught …   Wikipedia

  • Shive — A shive is a wooden or plastic fitting used in ale casks. It is found on the curved side of the cask, arranged so that when the cask is on its side and the keystone is at the lowest part of the rim, the shive will be the highest point of the cask …   Wikipedia

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