- a thin, flat or curved piece of stone, concrete, or fired clay, used for roofing, flooring, etc.
- a thin, usually rectangular piece of glazed, fired clay, often decorated, used for ornamental borders, bathroom walls, etc.
- a similar piece of metal, plastic, asphalt, rubber, etc., used to cover floors, walls, etc.
- tiles collectively; tiling
- a short pipe or semicircular conduit of fired clay or concrete, used to make a drain
- hollow blocks of burnt clay, used variously in construction
- any of the pieces used in mah-jongg or some other games
- Informal a high, stiff hat
Origin of tileMiddle English from Old English tigele, akin to German ziegel, both from West Germanic an unverified form tegala from Classical Latin tegula, tile from tegere, to cover: see thatch (transitive verb)
transitive verbtiled, til′ing
- to cover with tiles
- to install tiles in, so as to make a drain
on the tiles