Dictionary: TIF'FIN – TILE-EARTH

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A slight repast; luncheon. Blackwood.

TIG, n.

A play. [See Tag.]

TIGE, n. [Fr. a stalk.]

The shaft of a column from the astragal to the capital. Bailey.

TI'GER, n. [Fr. tigre; It. tigro; L. tigris; said to be from גיר gir, a dart; whence תגיר tiger.]

A fierce and rapacious animal of the genus Felis, (F. tigris,) one of the largest and most terrible of the genus, inhabiting Africa and Asia. The American tiger is the Felis jaguar. There is also the tiger cat or Felis capensis.


Hastening to devour; furious. Entick.


Like a tiger.


A plant of the genus Ipomœa or Convolvulus. Lee.

TI'GER-SHELL, n. [tiger and shell.]

A name given to a red shell with large white spots. In the Linnæan system, the tiger-shell is a species of Cypræa. Cyc.

TIGH, n.

In Kent, a close or inclosure.

TIGHT, a. [G. dicht; D. Sw. and Dan. digt; allied to thick and tie, and to Sw. tiga, to be silent, L. taceo; that is, close, closely compressed; Russ. tugei, stiff. See Tack.]

  1. Close; compact; not loose or open; having the joints so close that no fluid can enter or escape; not leaky; as, a tight ship, or a tight cask.
  2. Close; not admitting much air; as, a tight room.
  3. Sitting close to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment.
  4. Close; not having holes or crevices; not loose; applied to many vessels, &c.
  5. Close; hard; as, a tight bargain. [In common use in America.]
  6. Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings. [In common use in America.]
  7. Closely dressed; not ragged. I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight. Gay.
  8. Hardy; adroit. Shak. Note. This is the taugt or taught of seamen, applied to a rope stretched. The primary sense is strained.

TIGHT-EN, v.t. [tit'n.]

To draw tighter; to straiten; to make more close in any manner.


Drawn tighter; straitened.


Drawing tighter; making more close in any manner.


  1. A ribin or string used to draw clothes closer. [Not used.]
  2. adj. More tight.

TIGHT-LY, adv.

  1. Closely; compactly.
  2. Neatly; adroitly.


  1. Closeness of joints; compactness; straitness.
  2. Neatness, as in dress.
  3. Parsimoniousness; closenese in dealing.

TI'GRESS, n. [from tiger.]

The female of the tiger.


Like a tiger.

TIKE, n.1

A tick. [See Tick.]

TIKE, n.2 [Celtic, tiak, tiac, a plowmen; Arm. tiec, a housekeeper.]

  1. A countryman or clown.
  2. A dog. Shak.


A gig or two wheeled carriage, without a top or cover. Scott.

TILE, n. [Sax. tigel; D. tegel or tichgel; G. ziegel; Dan. and Sw. tegel; L. tegula; It. tegola; Sp. teja; contracted. This word is undoubtedly from the root of L. tego, to cover, Eng. to deck.]

  1. A plate or piece of baked clay, used for covering the roofs of buildings. The pins for fastening tiles are made of oak or fir. Moxon. In metallurgy, a small flat piece of dried earth, used to cover vessels in which metals are fused.
  2. A piece of baked clay used in drains.

TILE, v.t.

  1. To cover with tiles; as, to tile a house.
  2. To cover, as tiles. The muscle, sinew and vein, / Which tile this house, will come again. Donne.

TIL-ED, pp.

Covered with tiles.


A species of strong clayey earth; stiff and stubborn land. [Local.] Cyc.