American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thin, flat or convex slab of hard material such as baked clay or plastic, laid in rows to cover walls, floors, and roofs.
- n. A short length of pipe made of clay or concrete, used in sewers and drains.
- n. A hollow fired clay or concrete block used for building walls.
- n. Tiles considered as a group.
- n. Games A marked playing piece, as in mahjong.
- v. To cover or provide with tiles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To provide with tile-drains, as land.
- n. A thin slab or plate of baked clay, used for covering the roofs of buildings, paving floors, lining furnaces and ovens, constructing drains, etc., and variously compounded and shaped according to the use in view. In ancient times roofing-tiles cut from marble were often used upon important buildings, carved in the form of those in pottery. The best qualities of brick-earth are used for making tiles, and the process is similar to that of brickmaking. Roofing-tiles are chiefly of two sorts, plain tiles and pantiles, the former being fiat, the latter curved, both being laid so as to overlap and carry off any rain they receive. See cut under
- n. A similar slab or plate of pottery, glazed and often decorated, used for ornamental pavements, revetments to walls, etc.; also, a like slab of porcelain, glazed and plain or decorated; an encaustic tile; also, a slab of stone or marble used with others like it in a pavement or revetment. In the middle ages such tiles of stone were frequently incised with elaborate designs, the incisions being filled with lead or a colored composition, or occasionally incrusted in mosaic.
- n. In metallurgy, a small flat piece of dried earth or earthenware used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.
- n. A section of pipe of earthenware, glazed or unglazed. The sections are either made so that one end of every piece enters a socket formed on the contiguous end of the next, or they are joined by being merely placed in apposition and the junction covered with narrow curved strips of earthenware made for the purpose and set in cement. Another form, now less used, consists of arch-shaped tiles which are laid so as to rest on flat tiles forming the bottom.
- n. Tiles of any kind collectively; tiling; construction of tiles.
- n. A tall stiff hat; a silk hat: humorously compared to a section of pipe (hence also called stovepipe).
- To cover or roof with tiles.
- In freemasonry, to guard against the entrance of the uninitiated by placing the tiler at the closed door: as, to tile a lodge; to tile a meeting.
- To bind to keep what is said or done in strict secrecy.
- n. Same as til-tree.
- n. A regularly-shaped slab of clay or other material, affixed to cover or decorate a surface, as in a roof-tile, glazed tile, stove tile, etc.
- n. computing A rectangular graphic.
- n. Any of various types of cuboid playing piece used in certain games, such as in dominoes, Scrabble, mahjong, or Rummikub.
- v. To cover with tiles.
- v. computing To arrange in a regular pattern, with adjoining edges (applied to tile-like objects, graphics, windows in a computer interface).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated.
- n. A plate, or thin piece, of baked clay, used for covering the roofs of buildings, for floors, for drains, and often for ornamental mantel works.
- n. A small slab of marble or other material used for flooring.
- n. A plate of metal used for roofing.
- n. (Metal.) A small, flat piece of dried earth or earthenware, used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.
- n. A draintile.
- n. colloq. A stiff hat.
- v. To cover with tiles.
- v. Fig.: To cover, as if with tiles.
- n. game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
- v. cover with tiles
- n. a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces
- n. a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing
- Old English tiġele (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English tigele, from Latin tēgula, from tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The one discarding a tile that permits another player to win must bear the entire losses of all other players; if the player winning had any of the following four combinations of tiles exposed at the time of discarding, _unless the discarder himself had two complete doubling honors and was waiting for the winning tile_ or _was waiting for the winning tile which would give him more than two doubling honors_.”
“If drain tile is present, the pipe can be tied in to the drain tile, as this creates a perfect way to suck air soil gases from under the entire slab.”
“The cost of the Puebla tile is also far higher than the Dolores tile. raferguson”
“If the tile is the type that has a surface glaze, then you are probably out of luck.”
“This tile is ideal for kitchen backsplash applications.”
“This tile is constructed with a heavy porcelain base and a 1mm stainless steel overlay.”
“With the exception of Flagstone (a mosaic porcelain style) and Cognac (with a design pattern), most of your porcelain wall tile is solid color.”
“This version of tile is creating a new frontier that will pave the way to future generations of artfully expressive fashion.”
“One of the greatest characteristics in glass tile is the uniqueness – it is available in a wide range of colors, textures, shapes, blends and designs.”
“In its current incarnation, the old tile is a vase -- perfect for holding colorful branches and flowers plucked up during a stroll through the campagne.”
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