- a thin slab or bent piece of baked clay, sometimes painted or glazed, used for various purposes, as to form one of the units of a roof covering, floor, or revetment.
- any of various similar slabs or pieces, as of linoleum, stone, rubber, or metal.
- tiles collectively.
- a pottery tube or pipe used for draining land.
- Also called hollow tile. any of various hollow or cellular units of burnt clay or other materials, as gypsum or cinder concrete, for building walls, partitions, floors, and roofs, or for fireproofing steelwork or the like.
- Informal. a stiff hat or high silk hat.
- to cover with or as with tiles.
Origin of tile
Examples from the Web for tile
Tile work in the bathrooms, furniture, and artwork on the walls all flowed together and carried his creative touch.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Revered and dutiful, he fought (and was injured) in World War II, and succeeded to the tile in 1953.For Sale: The $3M British Mountain—With Aristocratic Family Feud Included
August 24, 2014
As I reach the berm of sand, tile and stucco that marked a kind of front line, bodies are being piled on carts in the street.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
She glided over the tile floor like a gazelle and had a face that Amedeo Modigliani would have died for.They Were Perfect Together
November 22, 2010
Mayo does advise that pregnant women avoid swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tile fish.Jeremy Piven's Fishy Excuse
January 15, 2009
I was thinking that accidents happen daily, that a foot may slip, a tile may fall.
He sprang on the tile floor, saying to himself that he would be warm at night.
There are eight or ten tile factories in Puebla, and one glass manufactory.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
He was perfectly straightforward about it—as straightforward as a tile falling on your head.Falk
And the said frame, stage, and staircases to be covered with tile.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
- 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
- (tr) to cover with tiles
Word Origin and History for tile
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.