from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A roofing tile with an S-shaped profile, laid so that the down curve of one tile overlaps the up curve of the next one.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ship's biscuit.
  • noun A tile with a curved surface, convex or concave with reference to its width.
  • noun A form of tile practically combining two of two original form, so shaped that its cross-section is a double curve, and so laid that the part of every tile that is convex upward overlaps the part of the next tile that is concave upward.
  • [⟨ pantile, n. Dissenting chapels are said to have been often roofed with Pantiles.] Dissenting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A roofing tile, of peculiar form, having a transverse section resembling an elongated S laid on its side (�).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A type of interlocking roof tile with a rounded under and over, giving it the shape of a elongated S shape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a roofing tile with a S-shape; laid so that curves overlap


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[pan + tile.]

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From pan +‎ tile.


  • And among them, like gulls before the wind, blew dollops of spray and chunks of froth, with every now and then a slate or pantile.


  • · The choice of screeding machine will also depend on the tile size required, which is basically a choice between the pantile (or Roman tile, depending on the mould) of 50 to 60 cm length, 25 to 29 cm width and 6 mm thickness (requiring 8 to 12 tiles to cover 1 m2), and the larger semisheet, which is 60 x 60 cm and 8 mm thick (requiring 4 elements to cover 1 m2).

    Chapter 3

  • Two different shapes are common: the Roman tile and the pantile.

    3 Materials

  • Therefore, in the case of FCR/MCR they are suitable for pantile covers; but not for Roman tiles and not at all for semi-sheet covers.

    4. Roof structure

  • A four-arm clamp holds together the flat part of the pantile frame.

    Chapter 7

  • The channel part of the pantile or roman tile thus leaves a gaping hole connecting with the roof structure.

    Chapter 7

  • The bar is moulded on a pantile after the initial 24-hour curing period.

    Chapter 7

  • In order to avoid the wind pushing under the roof through these openings, and/or wind suction on the roof, a small bar should be moulded on the uppermost side of the pantile.

    Chapter 7

  • Ridge tile manufacturing will therefore be described only where it differs from pantile production.

    Chapter 7

  • The lower edge of the ridge tile rests on the concave part of the pantile.

    Chapter 7


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  • "How he hates the suburbs — I can see the distaste etched all over his face. I know what he feels like, how the red brick, the pantiles, the stained-glass fanlights are all bearing down on him — because I felt exactly the same way at his age, as if I was about to be suffocated by the sheer orderliness of all the neat verges and linseed-oiled garage doors."

    Psychogeography by Will Self, 154

    October 17, 2010

  • Different reasons, but I'm so with him. Whoever he is.

    October 17, 2010