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1 Any building with architectural pretensions, such as a castle or a country-house.

2 Mole or pier in the sea.

3 Pier e.g. of a bridge.

4 Large upright timber post hammered into marshy or uncertain ground to support a superstructure. Later piles were cylindrical or other hollow forms of iron or steel, and more recently piles are of reinforced concrete.

5 Row of rooms, hence a double-pile house is two rooms deep, with or without a corridor between them.

Subjects: Architecture.

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