a thin slab or bent piece of baked clay, sometimes painted or glazed, used for various purposes, as to form one of the units of a roof covering, floor, or revetment.
any of various similar slabs or pieces, as of linoleum, stone, rubber, or metal.
tiles collectively.
a pottery tube or pipe used for draining land.
Also called hollow tile. any of various hollow or cellular units of burnt clay or other materials, as gypsum or cinder concrete, for building walls, partitions, floors, and roofs, or for fireproofing steelwork or the like.
Informal. a stiff hat or high silk hat.
verb (used with object), tiled, tiling.
to cover with or as with tiles.

before 900; Middle English; Old English tīgele (cognate with German Ziegel) < Latin tēgula

tilelike, adjective
retile, verb (used with object), retiled, retiling. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
tile (taɪl)
1.  a flat thin slab of fired clay, rubber, linoleum, etc, usually square or rectangular and sometimes ornamental, used with others to cover a roof, floor, wall, etcRelated: tegular
2.  a short pipe made of earthenware, concrete, or plastic, used with others to form a drain
3.  tiles collectively
4.  a rectangular block used as a playing piece in mah jong and other games
5.  old-fashioned, slang (Brit) a hat
6.  informal on the tiles on a spree, esp of drinking or debauchery
7.  (tr) to cover with tiles
Related: tegular
[Old English tīgele, from Latin tēgula; related to German Ziegel]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. tigele "roofing shingle," from W.Gmc. *tegala (cf. O.H.G. ziagal, Ger. ziegel, Du. tegel, O.N. tigl), a borrowing from L. tegula "tile" (cf. It. tegola, Fr. tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in O.E. and early M.E. for "brick," before
that word came into use. The verb meaning "to cover with tiles" is recorded from late 14c.
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