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tile

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noun \ˈtī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of tile

  • : 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

  1. 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 workb :  a hollow or a semicircular and open earthenware or concrete piece used in constructing a drainc :  a hollow building unit made of fired clay or of shale or gypsum

  2. 2 :  tiling

  3. 3 :  hat; especially :  a high silk hat

  4. 4 :  a thin piece of resilient material (as cork, linoleum, or rubber) used especially for covering floors or walls

  5. 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)

on the tiles

British

  1. :  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


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tile

transitive verb

Simple Definition of tile

  • : to cover (something) with tiles

Full Definition of tile

tiledtil·ing

  1. 1 :  to cover with tiles

  2. 2 :  to install drainage tile in

til·er noun

Examples of tile

  1. We hired him to tile the bathroom floor.



13th Century

First Known Use of tile

13th century




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