Tile (?), v. t. [See 2d Tiler.]

To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated; as, to tile a Masonic lodge.


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Tile, n. [OE. tile, tigel, AS. tigel, tigol, fr. L. tegula, from tegere to cover. See Thatch, and cf. Tegular.]


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. Arch. (a)

A small slab of marble or other material used for flooring.


A plate of metal used for roofing.

3. Metal.

A small, flat piece of dried earth or earthenware, used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.


A draintile.


A stiff hat.



Tile drain, a drain made of tiles. -- Tile earth, a species of strong, clayey earth; stiff and stubborn land. [Prov. Eng.] -- Tile kiln, a kiln in which tiles are burnt; a tilery. -- Tile ore Min., an earthy variety of cuprite. -- Tile red, light red like the color of tiles or bricks. -- Tile tea, a kind of hard, flat brick tea. See Brick tea, under Brick.


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Tile, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tiled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tiling.]


To cover with tiles; as, to tile a house.


Fig.: To cover, as if with tiles.

The muscle, sinew, and vein, Which tile this house, will come again. Donne.


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