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

  • transitive v. To cause to slope, as by raising one end; incline: tilt a soup bowl; tilt a chair backward.
  • transitive v. To aim or thrust (a lance) in a joust.
  • transitive v. To charge (an opponent); attack.
  • transitive v. To forge with a tilt hammer.
  • intransitive v. To slope; incline. See Synonyms at slant.
  • intransitive v. To favor one side over another in a dispute; lean: "His views tilt unmistakably to the Arab position” ( William Safire).
  • intransitive v. To fight with lances; joust.
  • intransitive v. To engage in a combat or struggle; fight: tilting at injustices.
  • n. The act of tilting or the condition of being tilted.
  • n. An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant: adjusting the tilt of a writing table.
  • n. A sloping surface, as of the ground.
  • n. A tendency to favor one side in a dispute: the court's tilt toward conservative rulings.
  • n. An implicit preference; a bias: "pitilessly illuminates the inaccuracies and tilts of the press” ( Nat Hentoff).
  • n. A medieval sport in which two mounted knights with lances charged together and attempted to unhorse one another.
  • n. A thrust or blow with a lance.
  • n. A combat, especially a verbal one; a debate.
  • n. A tilt hammer.
  • n. New England See seesaw. See Regional Note at teeter-totter.
  • idiom at full tilt Informal At full speed: a tank moving at full tilt.
  • n. A canopy or an awning for a boat, wagon, or cart.
  • transitive v. To cover (a vehicle) with a canopy or an awning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to point or thrust a weapon at
  • v. to forge (something) with a tilt hammer
  • v. to play worse than usual (often as a result of previous bad luck)
  • v. to move a camera vertically in a controlled way
  • n. a slope or inclination (uncountable)
  • n. the controlled vertical movement of a camera, or a device to achieve this
  • n. an attempt at something, such as a tilt at public office.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covering overhead; especially, a tent.
  • n. The cloth covering of a cart or a wagon.
  • n. A cloth cover of a boat; a small canopy or awning extended over the sternsheets of a boat.
  • n. A thrust, as with a lance.
  • n. A military exercise on horseback, in which the combatants attacked each other with lances; a tournament.
  • n. See Tilt hammer, in the Vocabulary.
  • n. Inclination forward.
  • intransitive v. To run or ride, and thrust with a lance; to practice the military game or exercise of thrusting with a lance, as a combatant on horseback; to joust; also, figuratively, to engage in any combat or movement resembling that of horsemen tilting with lances.
  • intransitive v. To lean; to fall partly over; to tip.
  • transitive v. To cover with a tilt, or awning.
  • transitive v. To incline; to tip; to raise one end of for discharging liquor.
  • transitive v. To point or thrust, as a lance.
  • transitive v. To point or thrust a weapon at.
  • transitive v. To hammer or forge with a tilt hammer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In seismology, to tip; incline from the vertical as the result of a movement of the earth's crust.
  • To totter; tumble; fall; be overthrown.
  • To move unsteadily; toss.
  • To heel over; lean forward, back, or to one side; assume a sloping position or direction.
  • To charge with the lance; join in a tilting contest, or tilt; make rushing thrusts in or as in combat or the tourney; rush with poised weapon; fight; contend; rush.
  • To rush; charge; burst into a place.
  • To incline; cause to heel over; give a slope to; raise one end of: as, to tilt a barrel or cask in order to facilitate the emptying of it; to tilt a table.
  • To raise or hold poised in preparation for attack.
  • To attack with a lance or spear in the exercise called the tilt.
  • To hammer or forge with a tilt-hammer or tilt: as, to tilt steel to render it more ductile.
  • To furnish with an awning or tilt, as a wagon or a boat.
  • n. In seismology, that component of an earth-tremor which throws upright objects out of the vertical plane.
  • n. A see-saw; a plank tilting on a narrow support in the middle.
  • n. One of the small log-huts of the Labrador hunters.
  • n. A sloping position; inclination forward, backward, or to one side: as, the tilt of a cask; to give a thing a tilt.
  • n. A thrust.
  • n. An exercise consisting in charging with the spear, sharp or blunted, whether against an antagonist or against a mark, such as the quintain.
  • n. plural The dregs of beer or ale; washings of beer-barrels.
  • n. A tilt-hammer.
  • n. A mechanical device for fishing through an opening in the ice.
  • n. A pier, built of brush and stone, on which fishermen unload and dress their fish.
  • n. A covering of some thin and flexible stuff, as a tent-awning; especially, in modern use, the cloth cover of a wagon.
  • n. The North American stilt, Himantopus mexicanus. See cut under stilt.

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

  • v. to incline or bend from a vertical position
  • n. a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
  • n. pitching dangerously to one side
  • n. a slight but noticeable partiality
  • v. move sideways or in an unsteady way
  • v. heel over
  • n. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
  • v. charge with a tilt
  • n. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical


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

Middle English tilten, to cause to fall, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
Middle English telte, tent, from Old English teld.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English tyltan "to be unsteady"; Middle English tilte. Cognate with Icelandic tölt ("an ambling place"). The nominal sense of "a joust" appears around 1510, presumably derived from the barrier which separated the combatants, which suggests connection with tilt "covering". The modern transitive meaning is from 1590, the intransitive use appears 1620.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English telt, from Old English teld ("tent"), influenced by Danish telt (, from Middle Low German telt), or directly from Middle Low German. Cognates include German Zelt ("tent"), Old Norse tjald ("tent") ( > archaic Danish tjæld ("tent")). More at teld.


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  • Newfoundland English: "Tilts were temporary wooden structures, constructed with vertical log walls and log roofs covered by birch rinds and sods, often built by migratory fishers before permanent settlements were established." Tilts were "where fishermen used to tilt, that is, to head, split, and salt their fish," or else "the mode of living (i.e. in tilts) while so occupied." from Robert Mellin, Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching, and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.

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