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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a tiled floor
▪ There were a couple of oriental rugs on the tiled floor.
a tiled roof (=covered with pieces of baked clay)
floor tiles (=flat square pieces of clay or other material, used to cover floors)
▪ When you buy floor tiles, always get a few extra.
quarry tile
▪ Beautiful ceramic floor tiles make the public rooms a fresh and welcoming cool retreat in summer.
▪ Resilient sheet, ceramic tile, wood?
▪ The surface of ceramic wall tiles is no longer always highly glazed, as it traditionally was.
▪ I have used it to glue ceramic tile to a painted wall.
▪ The space shuttle uses specially designed ceramic tiles with very high thermal resistances to prevent conduction during re-entry.
▪ I noted walls of apple-green ceramic tile, long stainless-steel counters with lots of drawer space.
▪ It even works for ceramic floor tiles.,.
▪ The fresh colour scheme is continued with Pilkington's Avignon ceramic tiles, set in a diamond pattern.
▪ It is a clay used for making glazed tiles, wash basins and lavatory pans.
▪ The floor of this high-ceilinged, octagonal building still has its original glazed tiles.
▪ Built by the royal masons in 1250, it is octagonal and still has its original floor of glazed tiles.
▪ This 1900 pub has a tongue-and-groove dado, about which the walls are covered with glazed tiles.
▪ Lifestyle carpet tiles in Pastiche, teamed with the Country border range, by Heuga.
Carpets, carpet tiles or rubberised floors help to keep background noise low, allowing meaningful sounds to be more audible.
▪ The ground floor public rooms have parquet flooring with turkey-red Axminster carpet tile squares or strips.
▪ With the move came the carpet tile printing machines and the tile store.
▪ The Clay Roofing Tile Council offers you a free technical advisory service on any aspect of the use of clay tiles.
▪ Today's Keymer hand made clay tiles use similar hand production methods.
▪ Each Keymer clay tile is a work of art, guaranteed one of a kind by the handprint of its maker.
▪ Fore those who aren't colour-shy, Fired Earth has more than 100 shades in its Haute Provence range of clay tiles.
▪ Beautiful ceramic floor tiles make the public rooms a fresh and welcoming cool retreat in summer.
▪ Other uses include removing Artex, lifting vinyl floor tiles, killing weeds and sterilising soil, etc.
▪ Longer floor tiles in front of expensive items will make her feel more relaxed and expansive.
▪ It even works for ceramic floor tiles.,.
▪ It seeps between my toes and the cracks in the floor tiles.
▪ She came to the dining-room first, a vast, almost medieval room with heavy furniture set on terracotta floor tiles.
▪ Some had no floor tiles and their walls were crumbling.
▪ Suitable for kitchens only, quarry tiles or studded rubber are both attractive and hardwearing.
▪ And inside, the beams and quarry tiles are all original.
▪ Old quarry tiles can be covered as long as the surface is smooth and you are sure there is no risk of rising damp.
▪ Slate or quarry tiles and faded rugs complete the look.
▪ Traditionally, flooring is of flagstones or quarry tiles, softened by rugs or matting.
▪ In some roofs tiles are hung on to the battens with only every third row nailed.
▪ Lay the slices, crumb side down, over the fruit, overlapping them slightly like roof tiles.
▪ Chimneys crashed to the ground, bringing roof tiles with them, but the insurance companies will replace those.
▪ Some 1,000 roof tiles, valued at about £300, were stolen.
▪ Careful examination of one roof tile revealed the impression of an animal paw-print.
▪ And yet with flexural and impact strengths comparable to the very highest quality conventional concrete roof tiles.
▪ Steetley Roofing Products has launched the Ashurst tile, an authentic clay roof tile that creates an instant weathered look.
▪ Black and white vinyl tiles can look particularly effective, and hardboard or chipboard, painted or varnished, make cheap cover-ups.
▪ It can also be used to bed wood floor blocks, cork and vinyl tiles.
▪ The floor was covered with large red and white vinyl tiles, rubbed in ridges that betrayed the presence of flagstones underneath.
▪ Mosaic wall tiles dominate one of the hall's bathrooms.
▪ The surface of ceramic wall tiles is no longer always highly glazed, as it traditionally was.
▪ They are generally thicker and harder-fired than wall tiles, to enable them to stand up to heavy wear without cracking.
▪ As with wall tiles, most retailers will break packs to help you buy economically.
▪ I withdrew into my reluctant imagination. 13 Anna lay back in the bath, staring at the wall tiles.
▪ Apart from the different sizes available the packaging of ceramic wall tiles is confusing, to say the least.
▪ The houses are in a conservation area and have to be covered with slate roofing tiles.
▪ This 1900 pub has a tongue-and-groove dado, about which the walls are covered with glazed tiles.
▪ To achieve a broadloom effect, lay the tiles with e arrows facing in the same direction.
▪ Why, in a day, he could scrape up that split linoleum, then lay down tiles as shiny as glass.
▪ Then he would work another shift from 7: 30 p. m. to 4 a. m., laying tiles at Muni stations.
▪ But eventually he found one that was almost empty with tall arch windows and broken tiles about the floor.
▪ Carpet tiles, too, are suitable for d-i-yers, but do follow the maker's installation instructions.
▪ It was hot outdoors but the large, dark, stone and tile room was cool.
▪ Just inside the big double entrance doors were hundreds of tiles which never seemed to be sold.
▪ Their footsteps suddenly cracked like pistol shots as the carpet was replaced by plastic tiles.
▪ Thermal efficiency was improved by laying the area with insulating tiles.
▪ I've already tiled the roof, papered the rooms, fitted the stairs, installed electricity.
▪ The traditional houses of the living are low to the ground, topped by red tiled roofs.
▪ The chancel has a sloping tiled roof.
▪ Over their tiled roofs, gables and chimneys rose the minaret-like towers of a Romanesque church.
▪ It was a street of small secretive houses with tiled roofs.
▪ The exposition was a hit and so were the elaborate plaster ornamentation, wrought-iron grills and tile roofs.
▪ External walls will be re rendered and tiled.
▪ The dome is protected by a timber roof and is tiled on the exterior.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tile \Tile\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tiled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tiling.]

  1. To cover with tiles; as, to tile a house.

  2. Fig.: To cover, as if with tiles.

    The muscle, sinew, and vein, Which tile this house, will come again.


Tile \Tile\, v. t. [See 2d Tiler.] To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated; as, to tile a Masonic lodge.


Tile \Tile\, n. [OE. tile, tigel, AS. tigel, tigol, fr. L. tegula, from tegere to cover. See Thatch, and cf. Tegular.]

  1. A plate, or thin piece, of baked clay, used for covering the roofs of buildings, for floors, for drains, and often for ornamental mantel works.

  2. (Arch.)

    1. A small slab of marble or other material used for flooring.

    2. A plate of metal used for roofing.

  3. (Metal.) A small, flat piece of dried earth or earthenware, used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.

  4. A draintile.

  5. A stiff hat. [Colloq.]

    Tile drain, a drain made of tiles.

    Tile earth, a species of strong, clayey earth; stiff and stubborn land. [Prov. Eng.]

    Tile kiln, a kiln in which tiles are burnt; a tilery.

    Tile ore (Min.), an earthy variety of cuprite.

    Tile red, light red like the color of tiles or bricks.

    Tile tea, a kind of hard, flat brick tea. See Brick tea, under Brick.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Old English tigele "roofing shingle," from Proto-Germanic *tegala (Old Saxon tiegla, Old High German ziagal, German ziegel, Dutch tegel, Old Norse tigl), a borrowing from Latin tegula "roof-tile" (source also of Italian tegola, French tuile), from tegere "roof, to cover" (see stegosaurus). Also used in Old English and early Middle English for "brick," before that word came into use.


"to cover with tiles," late 14c., from tile (n.). Related: Tiled; tiling.


Etymology 1 n. A regularly-shaped slab of clay or other material, affixed to cover or decorate a surface, as in a roof-tile, glazed tile, stove tile, carpet tile etc. vb. 1 To cover with tiles. 2 (context computing English) To arrange in a regular pattern, with adjoining edges (applied to tile-like objects, graphics, windows in a computer interface). Etymology 2

alt. To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated. vb. To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated.

  1. n. a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces

  2. a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing [syn: roofing tile]


v. cover with tiles; "tile the wall and the floor of the bathroom"


A tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass, generally used for covering roofs, floors, walls, showers, or other objects such as tabletops. Alternatively, tile can sometimes refer to similar units made from lightweight materials such as perlite, wood, and mineral wool, typically used for wall and ceiling applications. In another sense, a tile is a construction tile or similar object, such as rectangular counters used in playing games (see tile-based game). The word is derived from the French word tuile, which is, in turn, from the Latin word tegula, meaning a roof tile composed of fired clay.

Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex mosaics. Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone. Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate. Thinner tiles can be used on walls than on floors, which require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.

Tile (disambiguation)

A tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material. Tile or Tiles may also refer to:

Tile (software)

Tile is an application and RFID hardware device package, for Android (Google) and iOS (Apple) platforms, that allows users to locate lost items via Bluetooth 4.0 radio technology. In September 2015, Tile launched Generation 2 hardware that includes find-your-phone functionality and other feature upgrades, which by January 2016 sold over 4.5 million units.

Usage examples of "tile".

The objects of tile Institute were the advancement and propagation of information in Egypt, and the study and publication of all facts relating to the natural history, trade, and antiquities of that ancient country.

Simon had pulled loose and passed down several tiles and made a hole in the roof large enough for him and Amity to climb through.

Angry curses competed with the siren as the pursuing security guards, already rattled by the amuck scooter, slid and slipped on the suddenly soaking floor tiles.

It had brown glazed tiles on the outside walls and smoke-stained anaglypta on the internal ones.

The tile was a pristine white and the place was spotless, with benches ancored to the floor, mirrors everywhere.

On very stormy days the entire apse seemed to awake and to grumble under the noise of the rain as it beat against the leaden tiles of the roof, running off by the gutters of the cornices and rolling from story to story with the clamour of an overflowing torrent.

From a chamber on the right, near a winding staircase covered with blue-and-white tiles, came the sound of laughter, of song, and of a hideous music conveyed to the astonied ear by pipes and drums.

Beyond rose the apartment houses where the middle and lower classes lived, those of the poorer characterized by few windows and cracking plaster, and those of the better-off by the wonderful multistoried murals painted by the gypsy artists, and by the brilliant azurine tiles which kept the houses warm in winter and cool in summer.

Jigsaws, cards, roulette counters, poker chips, spillikins, marbles, yarrow stalks, dice, jacks, Trivial Pursuit wedges, bridge score-sheets, discarded Pictionary doodles, Scrabble tiles, bits of unidentifiable plastic and shards of bakelite, wood and metal formed a jumbled compost capable of engaging a dedicated housekeeper for several months of full-time sifting, cataloguing and sorting into the correct boxes.

When you went down Westerzeile from Wolfsweg and looked to the left and westward over the red tiled roofs, you saw the west side and front of a tower with a tarnished bulbiform steeple.

His mouse was quiet I stood with my back to the Sistine color print, gazing either at the empty, slightly wobbling turntable, or out the mansard window, over the raw-red roof tiles, at Christ Church, one dial on the front, another on the east side of the bulbiform tower.

Moxie worked on the same principle as the capacitor tiles on these ships.

I was wondering at these hanging gardens amid the forest of pink and white marble, red sardonyx, blue-gray, and cream, and black bricks, and green and yellow and tyrian tiles, when the sight of a lansquenet guarding the entrance to a casern reminded me of the promise I had made the officer of the peltasts the night before.

Bonnard was a corpulent man, a skilled ceramicist whose touch with tile nippers and mosaic tesserae was unrivaled, but he was not much of an overseer.

Yarim Paar was a grand building, housing the largest trade association in the province, a confederation of tile artisans, ceramicists, and glassblowers, as well as smiths of all sorts.