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tilt

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[ tilt ]
/ tɪlt /
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Definition of tilt

verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun
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Idioms about tilt

    (at) full tilt. full tilt.
    tilt at windmills, to contend against imaginary opponents or injustices.Also fight with windmills.

Origin of tilt

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English tilte(n), tilt(e), tult “to fall down, upset, tumble,” akin to Old English tealt “unsteady,” tealtian “to stumble”; compare dialectal Norwegian tylta “to tiptoe,” tylten “unsteady,” Swedish tulta “to totter”

OTHER WORDS FROM tilt

tilt·a·ble, adjectivetilter, noun

Other definitions for tilt (2 of 2)

tilt2
[ tilt ]
/ tɪlt /

noun
a cover of coarse cloth, canvas, etc., as for a wagon.
an awning.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a tilt.

Origin of tilt

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English teld(e), telt(e), tild(e) “dwelling (temporary or permanent), fort, tent,” Old English teld “tent, pavilion”; cognate with German Zelt “tent,” Old Norse tjald “tent, tapestry, curtain”
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British Dictionary definitions for tilt (1 of 2)

tilt1
/ (tɪlt) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of tilt

tilter, noun

Word Origin for tilt

Old English tealtian; related to Dutch touteren to totter, Norwegian tylta to tiptoe, tylten unsteady

British Dictionary definitions for tilt (2 of 2)

tilt2
/ (tɪlt) /

noun
an awning or canopy, usually of canvas, for a boat, booth, etc
verb
(tr) to cover or provide with a tilt

Word Origin for tilt

Old English teld; related to Old High German zelt tent, Old Norse tjald tent
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