I. noun Etymology: Middle English teld, telte tent, canopy, from Old English teld; akin to Old High German zelt tent Date: 15th century a canopy for a wagon, boat, or stall II. transitive verb Date: 15th century to cover or provide with a tilt III. noun Etymology: 4tilt Date: 1507 1. a. a contest on horseback in which two combatants charging with lances or similar weapons try to unhorse each other ; joust b. a tournament of tilts 2. a. dispute, contention b. speed — used in the phrase full tilt 3. a. the act of tilting ; the state or position of being tilted b. a sloping surface c. slant, bias <
a tilt toward military involvement
4. any of various contests resembling or suggesting tilting with lances • tilt adjective IV. verb Etymology: Middle English tulten, tilten to fall over, cause to fall, from Old English *tyltan, *tieltan, akin to Old English tealt unstable, tealtian to totter Date: 1594 transitive verb 1. to cause to have an inclination 2. a. to point or thrust in or as if in a tilt <
tilt a lance
b. to charge against <
tilt an adversary
intransitive verb 1. a. to move or shift so as to lean or incline ; slant b. to incline, tend, or become drawn toward an opinion, course of action, or one side of a controversy 2. a. to engage in a combat with lances ; joust b. to make an impetuous attack <
tilt at social evils
tiltable adjectivetilter noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tilt — [ tilt ] n. m. • 1957; mot angl. « action de basculer » ♦ Anglic. Au billard électrique, Signal indiquant que la partie est interrompue. ⇒ déclic. Le tilt s est allumé. Faire tilt, déclencher ce signal (qui marque l échec); fig. (1964) frapper… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tilt — may refer to:Geography* River Tilt, a river in Scotland, United KingdomPeople*Luke Tilt (1988 ) an English football playerMusic*Tilt (band), an American punk rock band, 1989 2001 * Tilt (album), a 1995 album by Scott Wanker * Tilt (Lightning… …   Wikipedia

  • tilt — tilt1 [tilt] vt. [ME tilten, to be overthrown, totter, prob. < OE * tieltan < tealt, shaky, unstable; akin to Swed tulta, to totter < IE base * del , to waddle, totter > Sans dulā, she who totters] 1. to cause to slope or slant; tip 2 …   English World dictionary

  • tilt — ► VERB 1) move into a sloping position. 2) incline towards a particular opinion: he is tilting towards a new economic course. 3) (tilt at) historical (in jousting) thrust at with a lance or other weapon. ► NOUN 1) a tilting position or movement.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tilt — Tilt, v. t. [OE. tilten, tulten, to totter, fall, AS. tealt unstable, precarious; akin to tealtrian to totter, to vacillate, D. tel amble, ambling pace, G. zelt, Icel. t[ o]lt an ambling pace, t[ o]lta to amble. Cf. {Totter}.] 1. To incline; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tilt — Tilt, n. 1. A thrust, as with a lance. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. A military exercise on horseback, in which the combatants attacked each other with lances; a tournament. [1913 Webster] 3. See {Tilt hammer}, in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster] 4.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tilt — /tilt/, it. /tilt/ s. ingl. (propr. colpo, ribaltamento ), usato in ital. al masch. [con riferimento a congegni o circuiti elettrici o elettronici, cessazione del funzionamento, solo nell espressione andare in t. ] ● Espressioni: fam., andare in… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Tilt — (t[i^]lt), n. [OE. telt (perhaps from the Danish), teld, AS. teld, geteld; akin to OD. telde, G. zelt, Icel. tjald, Sw. t[ a]lt, tj[ a]ll, Dan. telt, and AS. beteldan to cover.] 1. A covering overhead; especially, a tent. Denham. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tilt — [n1] lean, slope angle, cant, dip, drop, fall, grade, gradient, inclination, incline, leaning, list, pitch, rake, slant, slide; concept 738 tilt [n2] fight attack, bout, clash, collision, combat, conflict, contest, duel, encounter, fracas, joust …   New thesaurus

  • Tilt — Tilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tilted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tilting}.] To cover with a tilt, or awning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tilt — Tilt, v. i. 1. To run or ride, and thrust with a lance; to practice the military game or exercise of thrusting with a lance, as a combatant on horseback; to joust; also, figuratively, to engage in any combat or movement resembling that of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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