Other forms: tilted; tilting; tilts

Tilt is both a noun and a verb. It has many shades of meaning, but most involve a slope or slant. When you're dizzy from eating too much, you might tilt when you walk away from the table.

The verb tilt can also indicate a slight preference for one thing over another. When Mavis and Marvin argue, you tend to tilt toward Marvin’s point of view, meaning you think he's probably right — you lean in that direction. As a noun tilt can mean a steep slant. When you climb Everest, you’ll find that the face of the mountain is at a dangerous tilt — it's very steep.

Definitions of tilt
  1. verb
    heel over
    “The tower is tilting
    synonyms: cant, cant over, pitch, slant
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    tilt or slant to one side
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    incline or bend from a vertical position
    synonyms: angle, lean, slant, tip
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    incline, pitch, slope
    be at an angle
    cause to slope
    heel, list
    tilt to one side
    lean back, recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
    slope upwards
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    slope downward
    slope upward
    slope downwards
    fall back
    fall backwards and down
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    bend, flex
    form a curve
  3. verb
    move sideways or in an unsteady way
    synonyms: careen, shift, wobble
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. noun
    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    “the tower had a pronounced tilt
    synonyms: inclination, lean, leaning, list
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    position, spatial relation
    the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
  5. noun
    a slight but noticeable partiality
    “the court's tilt toward conservative rulings”
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    partiality, partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
  6. noun
    pitching dangerously to one side
    synonyms: careen, rock, sway
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    lurch, pitch, pitching
    abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
  7. noun
    a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
    synonyms: joust
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    battle, struggle
    an energetic attempt to achieve something
  8. verb
    charge with a tilt
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    joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback
  9. noun
    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
    synonyms: arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation
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    argle-bargle, argy-bargy
    a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
    an outburst of controversy
    an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
    a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
    an intense verbal dispute
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    conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
    a disagreement or argument about something important




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