tile

[tahyl]
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noun

verb (used with object), tiled, til·ing.

to cover with or as with tiles.

Origin of tile

before 900; Middle English; Old English tīgele (cognate with German Ziegel) < Latin tēgula
Related formstile·like, adjectivere·tile, verb (used with object), re·tiled, re·til·ing.
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Examples from the Web for retile

Historical Examples of retile

  • They had almost reached the spot when the retile's dying agony began.

    The Flying Death

    Samuel Hopkins Adams


British Dictionary definitions for retile

tile

noun

a flat thin slab of fired clay, rubber, linoleum, etc, usually square or rectangular and sometimes ornamental, used with others to cover a roof, floor, wall, etcRelated adjective: tegular
a short pipe made of earthenware, concrete, or plastic, used with others to form a drain
tiles collectively
a rectangular block used as a playing piece in mah jong and other games
British old-fashioned, slang a hat
on the tiles informal on a spree, esp of drinking or debauchery

verb

(tr) to cover with tiles
Derived Formstiler, noun

Word Origin for tile

Old English tīgele, from Latin tēgula; related to German Ziegel
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Word Origin and History for retile

tile

n.

Old English tigele "roofing shingle," from West Germanic *tegala (cf. Old High German ziagal, German ziegel, Dutch tegel, Old Norse tigl), a borrowing from Latin tegula "tile" (cf. Italian tegola, French tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in Old English and early Middle English for "brick," before that word came into use. The verb meaning "to cover with tiles" is recorded from late 14c.

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