Sap vs Spile - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between sap and spile

is that sap is (uncountable) the juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition or sap can be (countable|us|slang) a short wooden club; a leather-covered hand weapon; a blackjack or sap can be (military) a narrow ditch or trench made from the foremost parallel toward the glacis or covert way of a besieged place by digging under cover of gabions, etc while spile is a splinter or spile can be a pile; a post or girder.

As verbs the difference between sap and spile

is that sap is (slang) to strike with a sap (with a blackjack) or sap can be to subvert by digging or wearing away; to mine; to undermine; to destroy the foundation of while spile is to plug (a hole) with a spile or spile can be to support by means of spiles or spile can be (us|dialect|ambitransitive) spoil.

sap

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) sap, from (etyl) ), from *''sap 'to taste'. More at sage.

Noun

(wikipedia sap)
  • (uncountable) The juice of plants of any kind, especially the ascending and descending juices or circulating fluid essential to nutrition.
  • (uncountable) The sap-wood, or alburnum, of a tree.
  • (slang, countable) A simpleton; a saphead; a milksop; a naive person.
  • Derived terms
    (terms derived from sap) * crude sap * elaborated sap * sap ball * sap green * saphead * sapling * sap poison * sap rot * sapsucker * sap tube

    Etymology 2

    Probably from sapling.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (countable, US, slang) A short wooden club; a leather-covered hand weapon; a blackjack.
  • (rfimage)

    Verb

    (sapp)
  • (slang) To strike with a sap (with a blackjack).
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) saper (compare Spanish zapar and Italian zappare) from .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (military) A narrow ditch or trench made from the foremost parallel toward the glacis or covert way of a besieged place by digging under cover of gabions, etc.
  • Derived terms
    * sap fagot * sap roller * sapper

    Verb

    (sapp)
  • To subvert by digging or wearing away; to mine; to undermine; to destroy the foundation of.
  • * (rfdate)
  • Nor safe their dwellings were, for sapped by floods, / Their houses fell upon their household gods.
  • (military) To pierce with saps.
  • To make unstable or infirm; to unsettle; to weaken.
  • * 1850 ,
  • Ring out the grief that saps the mind
  • To gradually weaken.
  • * to sap one’s conscience
  • To proceed by mining, or by secretly undermining; to execute saps — 12
  • * (rfdate)
  • Both assaults carried on by sapping .

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    spile

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) or (etyl) , (etyl) spile.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A splinter.
  • A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
  • *1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • *: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 the barrels till near the top of the stack my hand struck on the spile of a keg, and drawing it, I got my mouth to the hold.
  • (US) A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.
  • Verb

    (spil)
  • To plug (a hole) with a spile.
  • To draw off (a liquid) using a spile.
  • To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile.
  • Etymology 2

    Alteration of (pile), after Etymology 1, above.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A pile; a post or girder.
  • Verb

    (spil)
  • To support by means of spiles.
  • Etymology 3

    Alteration of (l).

    Verb

    (spil)
  • (US, dialect, ambitransitive) spoil.
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