\ ˈtilt How to pronounce tilt (audio) \
tilted; tilting; tilts

Definition of tilt

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to have an inclination
2a : to point or thrust in or as if in a tilt tilt a lance
b : to charge against tilt an adversary

intransitive verb

1a : to move or shift so as to lean or incline : slant
b : to incline, tend, or become drawn toward an opinion, course of action, or one side of a controversy
2a : to engage in a combat with lances : joust
b : to make an impetuous attack tilt at social evils

Definition of tilt (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : the act of tilting : the state or position of being tilted
b : a sloping surface
c : slant, bias a tilt toward military involvement
2a : speed — see full tilt
3 : any of various contests resembling or suggesting tilting with lances
4a : a contest on horseback in which two combatants charging with lances or similar weapons try to unhorse each other : joust
b : a tournament of tilts

Definition of tilt (Entry 3 of 4)

: a canopy for a wagon, boat, or stall
tilted; tilting; tilts

Definition of tilt (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to cover or provide with a tilt

Other Words from tilt

Verb (1)

tiltable \ ˈtil-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce tiltable (audio) \ adjective
tilter noun

Noun (1)

tilt adjective

First Known Use of tilt

Verb (1)

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1507, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tilt

Verb (1) and Noun (1)

Middle English tulten, tilten to fall over, cause to fall, from Old English *tyltan, *tieltan, akin to Old English tealt unstable, tealtian to totter

Noun (2)

Middle English teld, telte tent, canopy, from Old English teld; akin to Old High German zelt tent

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“Tilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tilt. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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\ ˈtilt How to pronounce tilt (audio) \
tilted; tilting

Kids Definition of tilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or shift so as to slant or tip She tilted her head to one side.



Kids Definition of tilt (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : speed entry 1 sense 2 We were traveling at full tilt.

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