Tilt, v. t.
1. To incline; to tip; to raise one end of for discharging liquor; as, to tilt a barrel.
2. To point or thrust, as a lance.
Sons against fathers tilt the fatal lance. --J. Philips.
3. To point or thrust a weapon at. [Obs.]
4. To hammer or forge with a tilt hammer; as, to tilt steel in order to render it more ductile.
1. A covering overhead; especially, a tent.
2. The cloth covering of a cart or a wagon.
3. Naut. A cloth cover of a boat; a small canopy or awning extended over the sternsheets of a boat.
Tilt boat Naut., a boat covered with canvas or other cloth.
Tilt roof Arch., a round-headed roof, like the canopy of a wagon.
Tilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tilted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tilting.] To cover with a tilt, or awning.
Tilt, v. i.
1. To run or ride, and thrust with a lance; to practice the military game or exercise of thrusting with a lance, as a combatant on horseback; to joust; also, figuratively, to engage in any combat or movement resembling that of horsemen tilting with lances.
With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast. --Shak.
Swords out, and tilting one at other's breast. --Shak.
But in this tournament can no man tilt. --Tennyson.
The fleet, swift tilting, o'er the ░urges flew. --Pope.
2. To lean; to fall partly over; to tip.
The trunk of the body is kept from tilting forward by the muscles of the back. --Grew.
1. A thrust, as with a lance.
2. A military exercise on horseback, in which the combatants attacked each other with lances; a tournament.
3. See Tilt hammer, in the Vocabulary.
4. Inclination forward; as, the tilt of a cask.
Full tilt, with full force.
n 1: a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each
other with blunted lances [syn: joust]
2: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[syn: controversy, contention, contestation, disputation,
disceptation, argument, arguing]
3: a slight but noticeable partiality; "the court's tilt toward
4: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs
from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the
ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a
heavy inclination to the right" [syn: list, inclination,
5: pitching dangerously to one side [syn: rock, careen, sway]
v 1: to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned
over the banister" [syn: lean, tip, slant, angle]
2: heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"
[syn: cant, cant over, slant, pitch]
3: move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out
of control" [syn: careen, wobble, shift]
4: charge with a tilt