In heraldry, one of the lesser ordinaries, having the form of a wedge, usually placed pale-wise, with the broadest and uppermost, resembling a pile used in laying the foundations of buildings in watery places, whence it has its name.
Related term(s): Heraldry; Ordinary; Pale; Pile; Bend; Fess
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 431.