I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tigele, from Latin tegula tile; akin to Latin tegere to cover — more at thatch Date: before 12th century 1. plural tiles or tile a. a flat or curved piece of fired clay, stone, or concrete used especially for roofs, floors, or walls and often for ornamental work b. a hollow or a semicircular and open earthenware or concrete piece used in constructioncting a drain c. a hollow building unit made of fired clay or of shale or gypsum 2. tiling 3. hat; especially a high silk hat 4. a thin piece of resilient material (as cork, linoleum, or rubber) used especially for covering floors or walls 5. a thin piece resembling a ceramic tile that usually bears a mark or letter and is used as a playing piece in a board game (as mah-jongg) II. transitive verb (tiled; tiling) Date: 13th century 1. to cover with tiles 2. to install drainage tile in • tiler noun

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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 — [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.… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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