Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces
  2. (noun, artifact) game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
  3. (noun, substance) a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing
  4. (verb, contact) cover with tiles

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Synonyms of Tile

roofing tile

Alternate forms of Tile

Derivations: tile, tiler, tiling

Hyponyms: hip tile, hipped tile, pantile, ridge tile, tessellate, tessera

Hypernyms: cover, man, piece, roofing material, slab

Origin of the word Tile

  1. O.E. tigele "roofing shingle," from W.Gmc. *tegala (cf. O.H.G. ziagal, Ger. ziegel, Du. tegel, O.N. tigl), a borrowing from L. tegula "tile" (cf. It. tegola, Fr. tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in O.E. and early M.E. for "brick," before that word came into use. The verb meani… more

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