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[tahyl] /taɪl/
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.
Origin of tile
before 900; Middle English; Old English tīgele (cognate with German Ziegel) < Latin tēgula
Related forms
tilelike, adjective
retile, verb (used with object), retiled, retiling. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tile
  • Bamboo could bring some warm feeling to the room while linoleum and tile are bringing cold feeling.
  • Thus each place cell fired for only one location, much as would a burglar alarm tied to a particular tile in a hallway.
  • The pattern of rep-tiles can expand infinitely: they tile the plane by making larger and larger replicas.
  • The elevator opens onto a stone-tile foyer centered on a bubbling koi pond.
  • The store has replaced carpet with tile, high counters with low, and made room for a long communal table in the middle.
  • But basically my first thoughts were technical-and my first reaction was tile.
  • And since each flat tile is relatively simple and easy to make, it becomes much cheaper and easier to build complex cloaks.
  • The idea is to study the shapes that fit together to tile a plane and to clearly label the sides that end up being adjacent.
  • It turned out to have lost a heat-protection tile, but fortunately an aluminum plate happened to lie beneath the tile.
  • She was kneading a deep yellow piecrust on a counter that was a single piece of tile.
British Dictionary definitions for tile


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, etc related adjective tegular
a short pipe made of earthenware, concrete, or plastic, used with others to form a drain
tiles collectively
a rectangular block used as a playing piece in mah jong and other games
(Brit, old-fashioned, slang) a hat
(informal) on the tiles, on a spree, esp of drinking or debauchery
(transitive) to cover with tiles
Derived Forms
tiler, noun
Word Origin
Old English tīgele, from Latin tēgula; related to German Ziegel
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Word Origin and History for tile

Old English tigele "roofing shingle," from West Germanic *tegala (cf. Old High German ziagal, German ziegel, Dutch tegel, Old Norse tigl), a borrowing from Latin tegula "tile" (cf. Italian tegola, French tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in Old English and early Middle English for "brick," before that word came into use. The verb meaning "to cover with tiles" is recorded from late 14c.

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