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.
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 Englishtīgele (cognate with GermanZiegel) < Latintēgula
retile, verb (used with object), retiled, retiling.
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.