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spile Line breaks: spile
Pronunciation: /spʌɪl/

Definition of spile in English:


1A small wooden peg or spigot for stopping a cask.
Example sentences
  • Before beginning, sterilize both the spile and the jug with boiling water.
1.1North American A small wooden or metal spout for tapping the sap from a sugar maple.
2A large, heavy timber driven into the ground to support a superstructure.
Example sentences
  • Into this hole, tap in the spile with a wooden mallet.


[with object] chiefly US or dialect Back to top  
Broach (a cask) with a peg in order to draw off liquid.
Example sentences
  • Well, firstly I'm still adamant that you can't beat a pint of cask-conditioned ale, properly tapped and spiled, at the peak of perfection.


Early 16th century: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, 'wooden peg'; in sense 2 of the noun apparently an alteration of pile2.

Words that rhyme with spile

aisle, Argyle, awhile, beguile, bile, Carlisle, Carlyle, compile, De Stijl, ensile, file, guile, I'll, interfile, isle, Kabyle, kyle, lisle, Lyle, Mikhail, mile, Nile, pile, rank-and-file, resile, rile, Ryle, Sieg Heil, smile, stile, style, tile, vile, Weil, while, wile, worthwhile
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