from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a drain made of tiles.
- transitive v. To drain by means of tiles; to furnish with a tile drain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drain with, tiles, as land.
- n. In agriculture, a drain constructed of tiles.
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A poorly laid tile-drain and a properly graded tile-drain 239
Cross-section of a pole-drain and of a tile-drain 238 85.
How long a properly laid tile-drain of hard-burnt tiles will endure, has not been definitely ascertained, but it is believed that it will outlast the life of him who lays it.
A tile-drain needs no addition of stone above the pipe; indeed, the stone may be a positive injury, as harboring field vermin, or, if allowed to come within two feet of the surface, as obstructing deep tillage, and favoring the access of particles of soil upon or into the tile with the rapid access of water which they promote.
If there is reason to apprehend this, an open ditch might be added to the header; or, if this is not considered sufficiently scientific or in good taste, a tile-drain of sufficient capacity may be laid, with the ditch above it carefully packed with small stones to the top of the ground.
Since the lawn cannot be refitted, however, the subsoil is likely to fall back into a hard-pan in a few years if it has been subsoiled or trenched, whereas a good tile-drain affords a permanent amelioration of the under soil.
Figure 2 shows the cross section of a country road thirty feet wide, with three lines of tile-drain laid at a depth of about three feet below it.
The tile-drain, at a depth of three feet, will remove all subsoil water from under the walk, and all that may be delivered into the loosely filled trench at its side.
A well laid tile-drain has the following essential characteristics: — 1.
_ Cross-section of a tile-drain.] [Illustration: FIG.