[ tahy-ling ]
/ ˈtaɪ lɪŋ /


the operation of covering with tiles.
tiles collectively.
a tiled surface.
Mathematics. a two-dimensional pattern resembling a tiled surface.

Origin of tiling

First recorded in 1400–50, tiling is from the late Middle English word tylynge. See tile, -ing1

Definition for tiling (2 of 2)


[ tahyl ]
/ taɪl /


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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British Dictionary definitions for tiling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtaɪlɪŋ) /


tiles collectively
something made of or surfaced with tiles

British Dictionary definitions for tiling (2 of 2)


/ (taɪl) /



(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 tiling



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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