• WordNet 3.6
    • v tilt charge with a tilt
    • v tilt heel over "The tower is tilting","The ceiling is slanting"
    • v tilt move sideways or in an unsteady way "The ship careened out of control"
    • v tilt to incline or bend from a vertical position "She leaned over the banister"
    • n tilt pitching dangerously to one side
    • n tilt the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical "the tower had a pronounced tilt","the ship developed a list to starboard","he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
    • n tilt a slight but noticeable partiality "the court's tilt toward conservative rulings"
    • n tilt a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement "they were involved in a violent argument"
    • n tilt a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built on the site of a river estuary. The land under the town has several layers of silt and soft clay. The 15,000-ton tower tilts to the south because the subsoil is too unstable.
    • Tilt (Naut) A cloth cover of a boat; a small canopy or awning extended over the sternsheets of a boat.
    • Tilt A covering overhead; especially, a tent.
    • Tilt A military exercise on horseback, in which the combatants attacked each other with lances; a tournament.
    • Tilt A thrust, as with a lance.
    • Tilt Inclination forward; as, the tilt of a cask.
    • Tilt See Tilt hammer, in the Vocabulary.
    • Tilt The cloth covering of a cart or a wagon.
    • v. t Tilt To cover with a tilt, or awning.
    • Tilt To hammer or forge with a tilt hammer; as, to tilt steel in order to render it more ductile.
    • Tilt To incline; to tip; to raise one end of for discharging liquor; as, to tilt a barrel.
    • Tilt To lean; to fall partly over; to tip. "The trunk of the body is kept from tilting forward by the muscles of the back."
    • Tilt To point or thrust a weapon at.
    • Tilt To point or thrust, as a lance. "Sons against fathers tilt the fatal lance."
    • Tilt To run or ride, and thrust with a lance; to practice the military game or exercise of thrusting with a lance, as a combatant on horseback; to joust; also, figuratively, to engage in any combat or movement resembling that of horsemen tilting with lances. "He tilts With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast.""Swords out, and tilting one at other's breast.""But in this tournament can no man tilt .""The fleet, swift tilting , o'er the urges flew."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If the world were tilted one degree more either way, the planet would not be habitable because the area around the equator would be too hot and the poles would be too cold.
    • tilt In seismology, to tip; incline from the vertical as the result of a movement of the earth's crust.
    • n tilt In seismology, that component of an earth-tremor which throws upright objects out of the vertical plane.
    • n tilt A see-saw; a plank tilting on a narrow support in the middle.
    • n tilt One of the small log-huts of the Labrador hunters. They are about 6 by 8 feet, have low ceilings, no windows, and a small hole for entrance and exit. They are built along a hunting path, and are situated about 10 miles apart.
    • tilt To totter; tumble; fall; be overthrown.
    • tilt To move unsteadily; toss.
    • tilt To heel over; lean forward, back, or to one side; assume a sloping position or direction.
    • tilt To charge with the lance; join in a tilting contest, or tilt; make rushing thrusts in or as in combat or the tourney; rush with poised weapon; fight; contend; rush.
    • tilt To rush; charge; burst into a place.
    • tilt To incline; cause to heel over; give a slope to; raise one end of: as, to tilt a barrel or cask in order to facilitate the emptying of it; to tilt a table.
    • tilt To raise or hold poised in preparation for attack.
    • tilt To attack with a lance or spear in the exercise called the tilt.
    • tilt To hammer or forge with a tilt-hammer or tilt: as, to tilt steel to render it more ductile.
    • n tilt A sloping position; inclination forward, backward, or to one side: as, the tilt of a cask; to give a thing a tilt.
    • n tilt A thrust.
    • n tilt An exercise consisting in charging with the spear, sharp or blunted, whether against an antagonist or against a mark, such as the quintain. During the middle ages citizens tilted on horseback, and also in boats, which were moved rapidly against one another, so that the defeated tilter was thrown into the water.
    • n tilt plural The dregs of beer or ale; washings of beer-barrels.
    • n tilt A tilt-hammer.
    • n tilt A mechanical device for fishing through an opening in the ice. A simple tilt is a lath or narrow board with a hole bored through one end, through which a ronnd stick is run, both ends of the board resting on the sides of the hole in the ice. The line is attached to the short end of the lath, and when a fish is hooked his weight tips up the larger end, thus indicating that he is caught. An improved tilt consists of an upright with an arm over which the line passes down into the water. When a fish bites, the line is cast off, and the arm falls and automatically hoists a little flag on the upright as a signal. There are many other modifications of the same device. Also called tilter, tilt-up, and tip-up.
    • n tilt A pier, built of brush and stone, on which fishermen unload and dress their fish.
    • n tilt A covering of some thin and flexible stuff, as a tent-awning; especially, in modern use, the cloth cover of a wagon.
    • tilt To furnish with an awning or tilt, as a wagon or a boat.
    • n tilt The North American stilt, Himantopus mexicanus. See cut under stilt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fifteen people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards them in the hope of a free can of soda.
    • n Tilt tilt the canvas covering of a cart or wagon: an awning in a boat
    • v.t Tilt to cover with an awning
    • v.i Tilt tilt to ride against another and thrust with a lance: to thrust or fight with a lance or rapier: to fall into a sloping posture, to heel over
    • v.t Tilt to point or thrust with, as a lance: to slant: to raise one end of: to forge with a tilt-hammer
    • n Tilt a thrust: in the Middle Ages, an exercise in which combatants rode against each other with lances: inclination forward, dip, slant
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “The nature of a society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flowby the tilt of the social landscape.”


At full tilt - If something is at full tilt, it is going or happening as fast or as hard as possible.
Tilt at windmills - A person who tilts at windmills, tries to do things that will never work in practice.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tilten, tulten, to totter, fall, AS. tealt, unstable, precarious; akin to tealtrian, to totter, to vacillate, D. tel, amble, ambling pace, G. zelt, Icel. tölt, an ambling pace, tölta, to amble. Cf. Totter


In literature:

B and C both possess the same surface as A, but one is inclined upwards from its centre and the other is straight but tilted.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
The Confederate cavalry, dividing, followed, full tilt, the retreating foe.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
He ran full tilt against a drowsy butterfly, sweeping its close-folded wings through half a circle, as he passed.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Would you mind tilting the face a little to the left?
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Unconsciously she tilted her pointed chin forward adorably, and smiled.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
This he spread out upon the least tilted of the wet ledges.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Tilt they went with heads stooping down right against each other.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Laramie sat down in the nearest chair, tilted it slightly back, and resting one arm on the table gazed into the empty fireplace.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Stay with us, you shall have a tilted cart all to yourself if you like.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
But we were always tilting at each other.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad

In poetry:

"True as the knights of story,
Sir Lancelot and his peers,
Brave in his calm endurance
As they in tilt of spears.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
At every tilt and turney he
Still bore away the prize,
For knightly feats superior still
And knightly courtesies.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Now he with tilts and tournaments
Was entertained so,
That all the best of Arthur's knights
Did him much pleasure show :
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
The Truce of God is here; the breeze
Sighs as men sigh relieved from care,
Or tilts as lightly in the trees
As might a robin: all is ease,
With pledge of ampler ease to spare.
"The Optimist" by James Russell Lowell
"Could I always tell you by your long strong arms,
And sway like an angel's in your saddle there?
Why sicken'd I so often with alarms
Over the tilt-yard? Why were you more fair
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
See how they tilt their pretty heads aside:
When women make that move they always please.
What cosy homes birds make in leafy walls
That Nature's love has ruined--and the trees.
"Birds" by William H Davies

In news:

Janis Joplin's Full-Tilt Boogie Ride: Rolling Stone's 1970 Cover Story.
Drew Belzer hangs out with fans at Tilted Kilt Long Beach for Lakers vs Heat.
Fans catch the Chargers take on the Raiders for Thursday Night Football and win awesome prizes from 710 ESPN at the Tilted Kilt in Long Beach.
Fans caught the Chargers vs Raiders with 710 ESPN at Tilted Kilt .
Tiny Hawaiian Island Will See if New Owner Tilts at Windmills.
And that news, along with the upscale clothes displayed in the brand's Milan showroom, confirm that the tilt in men's wear is toward the formal and the evening.
And the influence of poor part tilt/centering.
Tilt, an old fashioned barn, a.
Wildcats dismantle Jacks 31-3 in GNAC tilt in Washington.
A Drought In Spanish Olive Oil; Old-Style Producer Tilts at Modernity.
You are not tilting the lens up, rather you are moving the entire camera up.
"In the Dark in Texas" was wondering about the correct way to tilt blinds.
Augusta Westland Tilt Rotor Tour.
Agusta Westland Tilt Rotor Co.
When your first book wins the Caldecott Medal, life tilts.

In science:

Hewitt, C. G., Bridson, R. and Wainwright, J. 2001 The asymptotic regimes of tilted Bianchi II cosmologies.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
Let A and B be rings and let T ∈ Db (Mod(A ⊗ B ◦ )) be a two-sided tilting complex.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
Dualizing complex, tilting complex, simple ring, Weyl algebra.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
Since P is a two-sided tilting complex we have EndB◦ (P ) ∼= H0R HomB◦ (T , T ) ∼= A.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
By part (1) every tilting complex is isomorphic to P [n].
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings