noun, often attributive \ˈtī(-ə)l\

: a usually flat piece of hard clay, stone, or other material that is used for covering walls, floors, etc.

: a curved piece of hard clay that is used for covering roofs

: a small, flat piece that is used in some board games

Full Definition of TILE

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 constructing a drain
c :  a hollow building unit made of fired clay or of shale or gypsum
:  tiling
:  hat; especially :  a high silk hat
:  a thin piece of resilient material (as cork, linoleum, or rubber) used especially for covering floors or walls
:  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)
on the tiles
:  engaged in late-night carousing

Examples of TILE

  1. We installed new tile in the kitchen.

Origin of TILE

Middle English, from Old English tigele, from Latin tegula tile; akin to Latin tegere to cover — more at thatch
First Known Use: before 12th century


transitive verb

: to cover (something) with tiles


Full Definition of TILE

:  to cover with tiles
:  to install drainage tile in
til·er noun

Examples of TILE

  1. We hired him to tile the bathroom floor.

First Known Use of TILE

13th century
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