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.
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