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1tile

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

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 constructing 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)
on the tiles
British
:  engaged in late-night carousing
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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

2tile

transitive verb

: to cover (something) with tiles

tiledtil·ing

Full Definition of TILE

1
:  to cover with tiles
2
:  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
TILES Defined for Kids

1tile

noun \ˈtīl\

Definition of TILE for Kids

1
:  a thin piece of material (as plastic, stone, or clay) used for roofs, walls, floors, or drains
2
:  a small flat piece used in a game

2tile

verb
tiledtil·ing

Definition of TILE for Kids

:  to cover with tiles
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