1. A thin, flat or convex slab of hard material such as baked clay or plastic, laid in rows to cover walls, floors, and roofs.
2. A short length of pipe made of clay or concrete, used in sewers and drains.
3. A hollow fired clay or concrete block used for building walls.
4. Tiles considered as a group: bought tile for the kitchen.
5. Games A marked playing piece, as in mahjong.
tr.v. tiled, til·ing, tiles
To cover or provide with tiles.
[Middle English, from Old English tigele, from Latin tēgula, from tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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