- to cause to lean, incline, slope, or slant.
- to rush at or charge, as in a joust.
- to hold poised for attack, as a lance.
- to move (a camera) up or down on its vertical axis for photographing or televising a moving character, object, or the like.
- to move into or assume a sloping position or direction.
- to strike, thrust, or charge with a lance or the like (usually followed by at).
- to engage in a joust, tournament, or similar contest.
- (of a camera) to move on its vertical axis: The camera tilts downward for an overhead shot.
- to incline in opinion, feeling, etc.; lean: She's tilting toward the other candidate this year.
- an act or instance of tilting.
- the state of being tilted; a sloping position.
- a slope.
- a joust or any other contest.
- a dispute; controversy.
- a thrust of a weapon, as at a tilt or joust.
- (in aerial photography) the angle formed by the direction of aim of a camera and a perpendicular to the surface of the earth.
- (at) full tilt. full tilt.
- tilt at windmills, to contend against imaginary opponents or injustices.Also fight with windmills.
Origin of tilt1
- a cover of coarse cloth, canvas, etc., as for a wagon.
- an awning.
- to furnish with a tilt.
Origin of tilt2
Related Words for tiltinclination, angle, slant, leaning, incline, shift, tip, lurch, dip, bend, sway, thrust, rake, gradient, pitch, list, slide, grade, cant, fall
Examples from the Web for tilt
Contemporary Examples of tilt
Seasons on Earth and Titan are both due to the tilt of their axis—the way the North Pole faces—relative to their orbit.A Cloud Forms Over Saturn’s Mysterious Moon
Matthew R. Francis
August 17, 2014
When out and about, if we feel threatened, as we always do, we tilt our heads back and cry out, “ALL THE SINGLE LADIES!”Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’
Kelly Williams Brown
July 7, 2014
This tilt towards of the financial elites, as Elizabeth Warren has noted, occurred during both the Bush and Obama Administrations.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%
June 28, 2014
But administration officials and panel members say he in no way sought to tilt the outcome in one direction or the other.Obama’s Defining Fight: How He Will Take On the NSA’s Surveillance State in 2014
December 31, 2013
In most places the local social establishment that dictates the agenda will tilt right.How Legislators View Their Constituents
September 24, 2013
Historical Examples of tilt
Yet he can tilt or play his part at hand-strokes as merrily as ever.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I understand that all right, but I am still in the dark as to what is causing this increase of tilt.The Solar Magnet
Sterner St. Paul Meek
There was a momentous promise in his gravity, a hint of catastrophe in the tilt of his head.Once to Every Man
As anticipated, the tilt had been rifled of its contents, chiefly flour and pork.
The tilt itself, however, had not been burned, and was otherwise undisturbed.
- to incline or cause to incline at an angle
- (usually intr) to attack or overthrow (a person or people) in a tilt or joust
- (when intr, often foll by at) to aim or thrustto tilt a lance
- (tr) to work or forge with a tilt hammer
- a slope or angleat a tilt
- the act of tilting
- (esp in medieval Europe)
- a jousting contest
- a thrust with a lance or pole delivered during a tournament
- an attempt to win a contest
- See tilt hammer
- full tilt or at full tilt at full speed or force
Word Origin for tilt
- an awning or canopy, usually of canvas, for a boat, booth, etc
- (tr) to cover or provide with a tilt
Word Origin for tilt
Old English *tyltan "to be unsteady," from tealt "unsteady," from Proto-Germanic *taltaz (cf. Old Norse tyllast "to trip," Swedish tulta "to waddle," Norwegian tylta "to walk on tip-toe," Middle Dutch touteren "to swing"). Meaning "to cause to lean, tip, slope" (1590s) is from sense of "push or fall over." Intransitive sense first recorded 1620s. Related: Tilted; tilting.
"a joust, a combat," 1510s, perhaps from tilt (v.) on the notion of "to lean" into an attack, but the word originally seems to have been the name of the barrier which separated the combatants, which suggests connection with tilt in an earlier meaning "covering of coarse cloth, an awning" (mid-15c.), which is probably from tilt (v.), but perhaps related to or influenced by tent, or it may be from a Germanic source akin to Old English beteldan "to cover." The verb is recorded from 1590s. Hence, also full tilt (c.1600).
"condition of being tilted," 1837, from tilt (v.).