- The definition of a tilt is a tip or a slope.
An example of a tilt is the condition of a cup on its side.
- Tilt is defined as to tip or slope in one direction.
An example of to tilt is to turn one's head to the side.
tilt definition by Webster's New World
- to cause to slope or slant; tip
- to poise or thrust (a lance) in or as in a tilt
- to charge at (one's opponent) in a tilt
- to forge or hammer with a tilt hammer
- to direct (a discussion, policy, etc.) so as to favor a particular opinion or side
Origin: Middle English tilten, to be overthrown, totter, probably ; from Old English an unverified form tieltan ; from tealt, shaky, unstable; akin to Swedish tulta, to totter ; from Indo-European base an unverified form del-, to waddle, totter from source Sanskrit dulā, she who totters
- to slope; incline; slant; tip
- to poise or thrust one's lance, or to charge (at one's opponent) in a tilt
- to take part in a tilt or joust
- to dispute, argue, contend, attack, etc.
- to have, or come to have, a bias or inclination in favor of a particular opinion or side in a dispute
- a medieval contest in which two armed horsemen thrust with lances in an attempt to unseat each other; joust
- any spirited contest, contention, dispute, etc. between persons
- a thrust or parry, as with a lance
- the act of tilting, or sloping
- the condition or angle of being tilted; slope or slant
- ☆ Informal a leaning, bias, etc.
- tilter noun
Origin: Middle English telte ; from Old English teld, tent, akin to German zelt
tilt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tilt·ed, tilt·ing, tilts verb, transitive
- To cause to slope, as by raising one end; incline: tilt a soup bowl; tilt a chair backward.
- a. To aim or thrust (a lance) in a joust.b. To charge (an opponent); attack.
- To forge with a tilt hammer.
- To slope; incline. See Synonyms at slant.
- To favor one side over another in a dispute; lean: “His views tilt unmistakably to the Arab position” (William Safire).
- a. To fight with lances; joust.b. To engage in a combat or struggle; fight: tilting at injustices.
- The act of tilting or the condition of being tilted.
- a. An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant: adjusting the tilt of a writing table.b. A sloping surface, as of the ground.
- a. A tendency to favor one side in a dispute: the court's tilt toward conservative rulings.b. An implicit preference; a bias: “pitilessly illuminates the inaccuracies and tilts of the press” (Nat Hentoff).
- a. A medieval sport in which two mounted knights with lances charged together and attempted to unhorse one another.b. A thrust or blow with a lance.
- A combat, especially a verbal one; a debate.
- A tilt hammer.
- New England See seesaw. See Regional Note at teeter-totter.
Origin: Middle English tilten, to cause to fall, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- tiltˈer noun
Origin: Middle English telte, tent, from Old English teld.
tilt - Phrases/Idioms
(at) full tilt
at full tilt