tile

Definitions

  • Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on a white background
    Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on a white background
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tile cover with tiles "tile the wall and the floor of the bathroom"
    • n tile a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces
    • n tile game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
    • n tile a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles Kinds of roofing materials excavated include flat tiles (shown here), curved pantiles, slate, and shingles
Four brick kilns have been excavated. The one shown had five firing chambers. Roofing tiles were also made in the Jamestown brick kilns Four brick kilns have been excavated. The one shown had five firing chambers. Roofing tiles were also made in the...
Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The tiles were made in Holland almost 300 years ago Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The...
Drain Tiles Drain Tiles
TILE FRAME—6-1/2” x 13” TILE FRAME—6-1/2” x 13”
TILE THIMBLES TILE THIMBLES

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.
    • Tile A draintile.
    • Tile (Arch) A plate of metal used for roofing.
    • Tile 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.
    • Tile (Arch) A small slab of marble or other material used for flooring.
    • Tile (Metal) A small, flat piece of dried earth or earthenware, used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.
    • Tile A stiff hat.
    • Tile Fig.: To cover, as if with tiles. "The muscle, sinew, and vein,
      Which tile this house, will come again."
    • Tile To cover with tiles; as, to tile a house.
    • v. t Tile To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated; as, to tile a Masonic lodge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 100 tiles in a 'Scrabble' crossword game.
    • tile To provide with tile-drains, as land.
    • n tile A thin slab or plate of baked clay, used for covering the roofs of buildings, paving floors, lining furnaces and ovens, constructing drains, etc., and variously compounded and shaped according to the use in view. In ancient times roofing-tiles cut from marble were often used upon important buildings, carved in the form of those in pottery. The best qualities of brick-earth are used for making tiles, and the process is similar to that of brickmaking. Roofing-tiles are chiefly of two sorts, plain tiles and pantiles, the former being fiat, the latter curved, both being laid so as to overlap and carry off any rain they receive. See cut under pantile.
    • n tile A similar slab or plate of pottery, glazed and often decorated, used for ornamental pavements, revetments to walls, etc.; also, a like slab of porcelain, glazed and plain or decorated; an encaustic tile; also, a slab of stone or marble used with others like it in a pavement or revetment. In the middle ages such tiles of stone were frequently incised with elaborate designs, the incisions being filled with lead or a colored composition, or occasionally incrusted in mosaic.
    • n tile In metallurgy, a small flat piece of dried earth or earthenware used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.
    • n tile A section of pipe of earthenware, glazed or unglazed. The sections are either made so that one end of every piece enters a socket formed on the contiguous end of the next, or they are joined by being merely placed in apposition and the junction covered with narrow curved strips of earthenware made for the purpose and set in cement. Another form, now less used, consists of arch-shaped tiles which are laid so as to rest on flat tiles forming the bottom.
    • n tile Tiles of any kind collectively; tiling; construction of tiles.
    • n tile A tall stiff hat; a silk hat: humorously compared to a section of pipe (hence also called stovepipe).
    • tile To cover or roof with tiles.
    • tile In freemasonry, to guard against the entrance of the uninitiated by placing the tiler at the closed door: as, to tile a lodge; to tile a meeting.
    • tile To bind to keep what is said or done in strict secrecy.
    • n tile Same as til-tree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tile tīl a piece of baked clay used for covering roofs, floors, &c.: a tube or pipe of baked clay used in drains:
    • v.t Tile to cover with tiles: to drain by means of tiles: to secure against the intrusion of unauthorised persons by placing a person at the door of a lodge or close meeting
    • n Tile tīl (slang) a tall cylindrical silk hat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tile, tigel, AS. tigel, tigol, fr. L. tegula, from tegere, to cover. See Thatch, and cf. Tegular
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tigele—L. tegulategĕre, to cover.

Usage

In literature:

Somehow the effect is not hideous, and fits with the haphazard, sunlit tiles and whitewash.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
One day she lured her out on to the tiles through an attic window in the roof, at the back of the house.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Already I saw the red-tiled roof of one, that looked like a respectable farm-house.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
Daoud felt so dizzied by the wonder of this moment that the tiled floor seemed to shake under him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She took a faltering step across the tile floor.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
She squeezed through the small door, and wriggled out on her hands and knees on to the tiles.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
At length he stood before the paternal mansion; he saw the gloomy tiles and half-closed window-shutters.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
In a moment both he and Duvall had climbed out upon the tiled surface.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
Other soils in these regions are fit for vineyards only when tiled, and tiling does not make all wet land fit for tilling.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Circulate the essays read at tile-makers' conventions.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
I pray to you on the tiles for that Judas.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
A tile floor, as described below, is best.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Some of the floors had stone tiles, but most of them consisted of the uncovered earth.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The top of the terrace was pink-tiled, too, and all the porches were paved with tiles.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
Some of the tiles were bought in Damascus in 1873.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
The roof is beams and tiles.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
From the tops of the minarets the wind threw the tiles on the kiosks below.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
One projecting window in the facade of the main palace had been treated with Minton tiles.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
A tile roof, a roar from the car and they were gone.
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Then, one night, he had returned home so drunk as to fall prostrate on the tiles of the verandah and sleep there until next morning.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
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In poetry:

He kept me fertilized and tiled,
With ditches deep and wide,
And never let the floods run wild,
Nor stream it down my side.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The figs on the fig tree in the yard are green;
Green, also, the grapes on the green vine
Shading the brickred porch tiles.
The money's run out.
"Departure" by Sylvia Plath
From where I sate I still could watch
The old oak pews, the altar white.
Gable and oasthouse, tile and thatch,
Smiled softly in the sunset light.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
I saw the melted snow that hung in beads
Upon my steel-shoes; less and less I saw
Between the tiles the bunches of small weeds:
Heartless and stupid, with no touch of awe
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris
The soldiers far from home will sleep more soundly
Knowing the sheltering mounds above their heads
Are roofed across with tiles from distant England
And English grass is planted round their beds.
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov
Then there's a little schoolroom, surrounded by trees,
A favourite haunt for butterflies and busy bees,
And an old red-tiled smithy near by,
And the clink of the hammers can be heard sounding high.
"Bonnie Kilmany" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers' Association (ASCER) is launching the 11th edition of the Tile of Spain competition.
To participate, projects can be based anywhere in the world, but must use ceramic tiles made in Spain.
TILE-SIG Featured Website: Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day…For Teaching ELL , ESL, & EFL.
The Amtico unit, which makes floor tiles, including the do-it-yourself variety, boosted Congoleum's floor-covering business.
The Folio 's chiclet-style keyboard has square tile keys, with a black finish.
Enlarge Frank Couch fcouch@al.com Chris Miller cuts a ceiling tile and Chris Thompson both from Tuscaloosa positions a ladder as they finish installing a drop ceiling.
The worst such example was when I managed to drop a not-cheap Pentax on a tile floor from about waist-high last winter.
Add a tile counter and backsplash to the grill station.
' Fused ' glass tiles add high design to a showroom.
How often are stone and tile used in the firm's LEED designs.
Gro -Tiles rack system.
Grouting tile fills the joints between tiles to finish a floor.
The Windows 8 Tile Interface.
You'll notice partial tiles on the right side of the screen.
It can be installed either before or after finish tile .
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In science:

We finally introduce new minimal tilings which allow us to achieve our goal: (uniquely) generating all the elements of the lattice formed by the tilings (see Section 7).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
We now prove that flips allow us to reach any tiling of P from any other tiling of P .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Proposition 3.10) and the minimal tiling of P can be reached from any other tiling by using only down-flips.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
For instance, it is easily seen from Figure 9 that while using only flips suffices to generate all the tilings of a polygon, it also generates multiple times the same tiling.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
We could thus define a C -maximal tiling as a tiling of D which does not contain the cube C .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Since, at fixed ln , the boundaries of the domains Aln (k ln ) (k ∈ ZZ) define a tiling of S + , it is natural to consider the elementary cells of this tiling.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
The functions hinf(T ,T ′ ) = min(hT , hT ′ ) and hsup(T ,T ′ ) = max(hT , hT ′ ) are themselves height functions that encode tilings ([R´em99 ], [Des01]), which implies that the set of the tilings of D has a structure of distributive lattice (see for instance [DP90] for an introduction to lattice theory).
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
From this property one deduces a linear algorithm which constructs the minimal tiling if D can be tiled, or proves that D is not tileable ([Thu90]).
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Indeed, H (v) is the number of times a flip has been applied to v in any upward path going from the minimal tiling to the tiling considered.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Since tilings are connected by flips, there exists a series of tilings going from w to s(w).
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Moreover, since the set of the tilings of D is connected by flips, all the links between tilings are thus obtained.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Since we expect this result to be universal, it would be interesting to check the appearance of the Airy distribution for boundaries of random walks on, for example, non-periodic tilings such as the Penrose tiling or the Ammann-Beenker tiling.
Area distribution of the planar random loop boundary
We note that the fully tight-linked packing (Figure 4) corresponds to a tiling by the original hexagon and has density 1, and that the tile has area 1 by construction.
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
Fix the positions of the tiles of P \ T (the black tiles of Figure 6) and consider the space of packings having these tiles plus n tiles whose centers fall in BR .
A Solidification Phenomenon in Random Packings
As a result, the light collection efficiency at the edges of the scintillator tile is only 2.3% smaller than in the center of the tile for the point-like light source.
An Improved Shashlyk Calorimeter
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