Meaning of TILE in English


I. ˈtī(-ə)l noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tigele, from Latin tegula tile; akin to Latin tegere to cover — more at thatch

Date: before 12th century

1. plural tiles or tile

a. : a flat or curved piece of fired clay, stone, or concrete used especially for roofs, floors, or walls and often for ornamental work

b. : a hollow or a semicircular and open earthenware or concrete piece used in constructing a drain

c. : a hollow building unit made of fired clay or of shale or gypsum

2. : tiling

3. : hat ; especially : a high silk hat

4. : a thin piece of resilient material (as cork, linoleum, or rubber) used especially for covering floors or walls

5. : a thin piece resembling a ceramic tile that usually bears a mark or letter and is used as a playing piece in a board game (as mah-jongg)

- on the tiles

II. transitive verb

( tiled ; til·ing )

Date: 13th century

1. : to cover with tiles

2. : to install drainage tile in

• til·er noun

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