tile


tile
tile [tīl]
n.
[ME < OE tigele, akin to Ger ziegel, both < WGmc * tegala < L tegula, tile < tegere, to cover: see THATCH]
1.
a) a thin, usually rectangular piece of stone, concrete, or unglazed, fired clay, used for roofing, flooring, etc.
b) a thin, usually rectangular piece of glazed, fired clay, often decorated, used for fireplace borders, bathroom walls, etc.
c) a similar piece of other material, as of metal, plastic, asphalt, rubber, etc., used to cover floors, walls, etc.
2. tiles collectively; tiling
3. a drain of semicircular tiles or earthenware pipe
4. hollow blocks of burnt clay, used variously in construction
5. any of the pieces used in mah-jongg or some other games
6. Informal a high, stiff hat
vt.
tiled, tiling
to cover with tiles
——————
on the tiles
[Brit. Informal] out carousing
tiler
n.

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  • Tile — Tile, n. [OE. tile, tigel, AS. tigel, tigol, fr. L. tegula, from tegere to cover. See {Thatch}, and cf. {Tegular}.] 1. A plate, or thin piece, of baked clay, used for covering the roofs of buildings, for floors, for drains, and often for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tile — Tile, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tiling}.] 1. To cover with tiles; as, to tile a house. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To cover, as if with tiles. [1913 Webster] The muscle, sinew, and vein, Which tile this house, will come again.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tile — Tile, v. t. [See 2d {Tiler}.] To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated; as, to tile a Masonic lodge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tile — ist der Name folgender Personen: Tile von Damm (* ca. 1310; † 1374), Ratsherr der Stadt Braunschweig Tile Kolup († 1285; auch Dietrich Holzschuh), Hochstapler, der sich für den (in Wahrheit 1250 verstorbenen) Kaiser Friedrich II. ausgab Siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tile — tile. (Del nahua tlilli, tizne). m. El Salv. y Hond. hollín (ǁ sustancia crasa y negra). || 2. Hond. poét. oscuridad (ǁ falta de luz). || …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • tile — (n.) O.E. tigele roofing shingle, from W.Gmc. *tegala (Cf. O.H.G. ziagal, Ger. ziegel, Du. tegel, O.N. tigl), a borrowing from L. tegula tile (Cf. It. tegola, Fr. tuile), from tegere roof, to cover (see STEGOSAURUS …   Etymology dictionary

  • tile — (Del nahua tlilli, tizne). 1. m. El Salv. y Hond. hollín (ǁ sustancia crasa y negra). 2. Hond. poét. oscuridad (ǁ falta de luz). 3. adj. coloq. Hond. Muy difícil o imposible de realizar. vérselas tile. fr. coloq. Hond. Encontrarse en una… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • tile — ► NOUN 1) a thin square or rectangular piece of baked clay, concrete, cork, etc., used for covering roofs, floors, or walls. 2) a thin, flat piece used in Scrabble, mah jong, and other games. ► VERB ▪ cover with tiles. ● on the tiles Cf. ↑on the… …   English terms dictionary

  • tile — bis·sex·tile; cas·tile; cen·tile; chrys·o·tile; coc·tile; co·le·op·tile; duc·tile; duc·tile·ly; erec·tile; ex·sec·tile; ex·ser·tile; fer·tile; fer·tile·ly; fer·tile·ness; flu·vi·a·tile; fu·tile; hos·tile·ly; hos·tile·ness; in·fan·tile; len·tile;… …   English syllables

  • Tile — For other uses, see Tile (disambiguation). Decorative tilework in Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran early 17th century A tile is a manufactured piece of hard wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass. Tiles are generally …   Wikipedia