til·​ing | \ ˈtī-liŋ How to pronounce tiling (audio) \

Definition of tiling

1 : the action or work of one who tiles
2a : tiles
b : a surface of tiles
3 : tessellation sense 1b also : a generalization of this to fill Euclidean space of three or higher dimensions using geometric objects of the same dimension as the space filled

Examples of tiling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The north end of the school has had carpeting laid and bathroom tiling completed. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Improvements at Brown Deer Schools are nearing completion and should be done by late August," 17 July 2019 Colors are added in small doses, as in the blue bedside tables, bespoke storage consoles in the dressing room, and bathroom tiling. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "The São Paulo apartment was designed by David Ito Arquitetura," 16 Mar. 2018 Mining for Gold Modular forms are functions that possess special symmetries like those in M.C. Escher’s circular tilings of angels and devils. Quanta Magazine, "Sphere Packing Solved in Higher Dimensions," 30 Mar. 2016 One long, gorgeous segment conjured a Fado club with colorful tiling. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Madonna at War," 20 Sep. 2019 Here are the familiar triangular, square and hexagonal tilings. Quanta Magazine, "The (Math) Problem With Pentagons," 11 Dec. 2017 One swimming pool with gorgeous tiling, colorful murals and some unexpected infrastructure work later, and the backyard of the south Scottsdale home is a playful oasis. azcentral, "61-year-old Scottsdale ranch home gets one more upgrade – a new backyard. Take a look," 6 June 2019 The perfect hexagonal tiling array described by the discoverers of grid cells didn’t look so perfect anymore. Quanta Magazine, "Goals and Rewards Redraw the Brain’s Map of the World," 28 Mar. 2019 Old wooden beams from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn presides over sleek counters with petrified wooden inlays and geometric Cuban tiling. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Designer’s dazzling ‘clock house’ wants $3.6M outside NYC," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tiling

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tiling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiling. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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