Meaning of TILE in English


I. ˈtīl, esp before pause or consonant -īəl noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tigel, tigele; akin to Old Saxon tiegla tile, Old High German ziagala, ziagal, Old Norse tigl; all from a prehistoric West Germanic-North Germanic word borrowed from Latin tegula — more at thatch

1. plural tiles or tile

a. : a flat or curved piece of fired clay, stone, concrete, or other material used especially for roofs, floors, or walls and often for such work of an ornamental nature — see encaustic tile , face tile ; compare block , brick

b. : a hollow or a semicircular and open earthenware or concrete drain (as a pipe or gutter)

laying out underground tile to drain fields — John Bird

also : a piece used in constructing such a drain

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

2. : tiling

3. : a small flat piece of baked earth or earthenware used to cover vessels in which metals are fused

4. : hat ; especially : a high silk hat

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

6. : a flat usually square ceramic plate used especially as a coaster for hot dishes or as an ornament

7. : a thin block used as a playing piece and usually marked (as with letters or characters) for a particular game

- on the tiles

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English tilen, from tile, n.

transitive verb

1. : to cover with or as if with tiles

tile a house

tile a floor

2. also tyle “

a. : to protect (as a lodge meeting) from intrusion : guard

tile the door

b. : to bind or swear (a member of a secret society) to secrecy


a. : to install drainage tile in

b. : to drain by use of tile

intransitive verb

: to install drainage tile

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