tile

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Old English tiġele

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tile (plural tiles)

  1. 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.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, The China Governess[1]:
      Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.
  2. (computing)  A rectangular graphic.
    Each tile within Google Maps consists of 256 × 256 pixels.
    Sprites and tiles that are hidden in the prototype ROM file can be recovered.
  3. Any of various types of cuboid playing piece used in certain games, such as in dominoes, Scrabble, or mahjong.
  4. (dated)  A stiff hat.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dickens to this entry?)
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tile (third-person singular simple present tiles, present participle tiling, simple past and past participle tiled)

  1. To cover with tiles.
  2. (computing) To arrange in a regular pattern, with adjoining edges (applied to tile-like objects, graphics, windows in a computer interface).
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Etymology 2[edit]

See tiler (doorkeeper at a Masonic lodge).

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tile (third-person singular simple present tiles, present participle tiling, simple past and past participle tiled)

  1. To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated.
    to tile a Masonic lodge
    tile the door

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