• To cover with tiles.
  • To arrange in a regular pattern, with adjoining edges (applied to tile-like objects, graphics, windows in a computer interface).
  • To optimize (a loop in program code) by means of the tiling technique.
  • To seal a lodge against intrusions from unauthorised people.
  • To protect from the intrusion of the uninitiated.


  • From Middle English tile, tyle, tigel, tiȝel, teȝele, from Old English tieġle, tiġle, tiġele, from Proto-West Germanic *tigulā, from Proto-Germanic *tigulǭ, from Latin tēgula. tegula.
  • Cognate with Saterland Frisian Tichel, West Frisian teil, tegel, tichel, Dutch tichel, tegel, German Ziegel, Danish tegl, Swedish tegel, Icelandic tigl.
  • See tiler.

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