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 unexpected use of color adds bright personality, and regrouting can change the look of existing tiling. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Unexpected Backsplash Ideas That Aren't Just For Your Kitchen," 25 Feb. 2021 What’s the next-smallest tiling for which this property is true? Quanta Magazine, "How to Solve Our Three John Conway-Inspired Puzzles," 20 Nov. 2020 Here is one such tiling made entirely of these triangles. Quanta Magazine, "How to Solve Our Three John Conway-Inspired Puzzles," 20 Nov. 2020 Synagogue Edmond Safra, which was buoyed by a donation of more than $10 million by the Safra banking family, is housed inside a building that is shaped like a Torah scroll, its cylinder featuring Jerusalem stone tiling. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Outside of Israel, Monaco has highest ratio of world’s Jews," 6 Oct. 2020 Handmade, thoughtful touches dot the space, from the daffodil yellow hand-tiling that Egghart helped design and inlay, to the custom cow print ceramic tip jar made by artists Bee Daddy & Sons with Scott Cooper. Emma Orlow, Bon Appétit, "In Philly, a New Clubhouse for Coffee, Samosas, and Mutual Aid," 22 Sep. 2020 Fortunately, there’s a type of mortar out there for every tiling project — many of which are available at The Home Depot — as well as some handy quick-setting products that don’t require it at all. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "Quick-Setting," 14 Sep. 2020 Ancient tiling appears to run all the way from South Park Boulevard to the lake, along with a very old hedge of gray dogwood. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Friends of Lower Shaker Lake work to restore Shaker Heights’ natural beauty," 1 Sep. 2020 Dice that are connected by an edge represent tiles that are connected without sharing a face — exactly the kind of tiling arrangement needed to disprove Keller’s conjecture. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem," 19 Aug. 2020

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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