tilt at windmills

Definition of tilt at windmills

British

  1. :  to use time and energy to attack an enemy or problem that is not real or important

Word by Word Definitions

tiltplay
  1. :  to cause to have an inclination

    :  to point or thrust in or as if in a tilt

    :  to charge against

  1. :  the act of tilting :  the state or position of being tilted

    :  a sloping surface

    :  slant, bias

  1. :  a canopy for a wagon, boat, or stall

  1. :  to cover or provide with a tilt

windmillplay windmills
  1. :  a mill or machine operated by the wind usually acting on oblique vanes or sails that radiate from a horizontal shaft

    :  a wind-driven water pump or electric generator

    :  the wind-driven wheel of a windmill

  1. :  to cause to move like a windmill

    :  to move like a windmill

    :  to spin from the force of wind


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tilt at windmills? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!