From (etyl) or (etyl) , (etyl) spile.
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.
To plug (a hole) with a spile.
To draw off (a liquid) using a spile.
To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile.
Alteration of (pile), after Etymology 1, above.
A pile; a post or girder.
To support by means of spiles.
Alteration of (l).
(US, dialect, ambitransitive) spoil.
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The series of bones situated at the back from the head to the pelvis of a person, or from the head to the tail of an animal; backbone, vertebral column.
* 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) , :
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- If you attentively regard almost any quadruped's spine , you will be struck with the resemblance of its vertebrae to a strung necklace of dwarfed skulls.
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Something resembling a backbone, such as a ridge, or a long, central structure from which other structures radiate.
# The narrow, bound edge of a book.
A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.
* 1871 , (Charles Darwin), (w) , :
(figurative) Courage or assertiveness.
- The male, as Dr. Gunther informs me, has a cluster of stiff, straight spines , like those of a comb, on the sides of the tail.
* send shivers down someone's spine
* spina bifida
* spinal canal
* spinal column
* spinal cord
* spine board