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Tile

tile
1. To cover with tiles; as, to tile a house.
2. To cover, as if with tiles. The muscle, sinew, and vein, Which tile this house, will come again. (Donne)
Origin: Tiled; Tiling.
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. A small slab of marble or other material used for flooring. A plate of metal used for roofing.
3. (Science: chemistry) 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. Tile drain, a drain made of tiles. Tile earth, a species of strong, clayey earth; stiff and stubborn land. Tile kiln, a kiln in which tiles are burnt; a tilery.
(Science: chemical) Tile ore, an earthy variety of cuprite. Tile red, light red like the colour of tiles or bricks. Tile tea, a kind of hard, flat brick tea. See Brick tea, under Brick.
Origin: OE. Tile, tigel, AS. Tigel, tigol, fr. L. Tegula, from tegere to cover. See Thatch, and cf. Tegular.


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