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tile

noun, often attributive \ ˈtī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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 : a thin piece of resilient material (such as cork, linoleum, or rubber) used especially for covering floors or walls
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 : hat; especially : a high silk hat
on the tiles
British
: engaged in late-night carousing

Examples of tile in a Sentence

  1. We installed new tile in the kitchen.

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Origin and Etymology of tile

Middle English, from Old English tigele, from Latin tegula tile; akin to Latin tegere to cover — more at thatch


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tile

verb

Definition of tile

tiled; tiling
transitive verb
1 : to cover with tiles
2 : to install drainage tile in

tiler

noun

Examples of tile in a Sentence

  1. We hired him to tile the bathroom floor.

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First Known Use of tile

13th century


TILE Defined for English Language Learners

tile

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

noun \ ˈtīl \

Definition of tile for Students

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

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tile

verb

Definition of tile for Students

tiled; tiling
: to cover with tiles

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