Meaning of TILT in English


v. & n.

v. 1 intr. & tr. assume or cause to assume a sloping position; heel over. 2 intr. (foll. by at) strike, thrust, or run at, with a weapon, esp. in jousting. 3 intr. (foll. by with) engage in a contest. 4 tr. forge or work (steel etc.) with a tilt-hammer.

n. 1 the act or an instance of tilting. 2 a sloping position. 3 (of medieval knights etc.) the act of charging with a lance against an opponent or at a mark, done for exercise or as a sport. 4 an encounter between opponents; an attack esp. with argument or satire (have a tilt at). 5 = tilt-hammer. full (or at full) tilt 1 at full speed. 2 with full force. tilt-hammer a heavy pivoted hammer used in forging. tilt-yard hist. a place where tilts (see sense 3 of n.) took place. tilter n.

[ ME tilte perh. f. an OE form rel. to tealt unsteady f. Gmc: weapon senses of unkn. orig. ]

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