Interested in Language
Can somebody tell me what the author means by the word pile-faced in his text?
"He was on the river bank now. A narrow, pile-faced path led eastwards down the stream, skirting the gardens of the houses he had passed a moment before."
John Metcalfe, Tide-born, 1927
The path was probably lined on one side with piles to stop the sloping land sliding down to cover it.
a long, rounded, or flat piece of wood, concrete, etc., hammered upright into soil to form part of a foundation.