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tile

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noun, often attributive \ˈtī(-ə)l\

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

  4. 4 :  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 (such as mah-jongg)

  5. 5 :  hat; especially :  a high silk hat

on the tiles

British

  1. :  engaged in late-night carousing

Examples of tile in a Sentence

  1. We installed new tile in the kitchen.

Origin and Etymology 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

verb

Definition of tile

tiled

;

tiling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with tiles

  3. 2 :  to install drainage tile in

tiler

noun

Examples of tile in a Sentence

  1. We hired him to tile the bathroom floor.

13th Century

First Known Use of tile

13th century


TILE Defined for English Language Learners

tile

play
noun

Definition of tile for English Language Learners

  • : 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

tile

verb

Definition of tile for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with tiles


TILE Defined for Kids

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tile

play
noun \ˈtīl\

Definition of tile for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin piece of material (as plastic, stone, or clay) used for roofs, walls, floors, or drains

  2. 2 :  a small flat piece used in a game


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tile

play
verb

Definition of tile for Students

tiled

;

tiling

  1. :  to cover with tiles


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