tile

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to arrange a group of windows in a graphical user interface so that they are displayed side by side without overlapping

Construction

  • A thin rectangular unit used as a finish for walls, floors or roofs, such as ceramic tile, structural clay tile, asphalt tile, cork tile, resilient tile, and roofing tile.

Real Estate

  • noun a thin flat or curved piece of baked, sometimes glazed, clay or synthetic material used to cover roofs, floors and walls, or for decoration
  • noun a short pipe of baked clay, concrete or plastic used in making a drain
  • noun a hollow block of baked clay, concrete or gypsum used as a building material for walls or floors
  • noun tiles considered collectively

Origin & History of “tile”

A tile is etymologically a ‘cover’. The word comes ultimately from Latin tēgula ‘tile’, a derivative of the same Indo-European base as produced English deck and thatch and Latin tegere ‘cover’ (source of English detect, protect, etc). Tēgula was borrowed into prehistoric west Germanic as *tegala, which evolved into German ziegel, Dutch tegel, and English tile.
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