A tile is a flat piece of material that's used to cover a roof, floor, or wall. If you're artistic, you can make a mosaic out of small, colorful glass tiles.

Most tiles are made out of ceramic, metal, glass, or stone. Many baths and showers are lined with ceramic tiles, and it's also common to find tiles covering bathroom and kitchen floors. Historians have traced tiles back at least as far as the 13th century BCE, in Mesopotamia. To cover a surface in tiles is to tile. Flat, hard game pieces are also commonly known as tiles, like the Scrabble tiles you pick at the beginning of a game. The root of this word means "to cover."

Definitions of tile

n a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces

a small square tile of stone or glass used in making mosaics
a small tessera
Type of:
block consisting of a thick piece of something

n a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing

roofing tile
hip tile, hipped tile
a tile shaped so as to cover the hip of a hip roof
a roofing tile with a S-shape; laid so that curves overlap
ridge tile
a decorative tile that is bent in cross section; used to cover the ridge of a roof
Type of:
roofing material
building material used in constructing roofs

n game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.

Type of:
man, piece
game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

v cover with tiles

tile the wall and the floor of the bathroom”
tile with tesserae
Type of:
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

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