Definitions for: Tilt

[n] pitching dangerously to one side
[n] 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"
[n] a slight but noticeable partiality; "the court's tilt toward conservative rulings"
[n] a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[n] a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
[v] charge with a tilt, as in a joust
[v] heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"
[v] move sideways or in an unsteady way, as of a ship or a vehicle out of control
[v] to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tilt, n. [OE. telt (perhaps from the Danish), teld, AS.
teld, geteld; akin to OD. telde, G. zelt, Icel. tjald, Sw.
t["a]lt, tj["a]ll, Dan. telt, and ASThe beteldan to cover.]
1. A covering overhead; especially, a tent. --Denham.

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

Tilt roof (Arch.), a round-headed roof, like the canopy of
a wagon.

Tilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tilted; p. pr. & vb. n.
To cover with a tilt, or awning.

Tilt, v. t. [OE. tilten, tulten, to totter, fall, AS.
tealt unstable, precarious; akin to tealtrian to totter, to
vacillate, D. tel amble, ambling pace, G. zelt, Icel. t["o]lt
an ambling pace, t["o]lta to amble. Cf. Totter.]
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.

3. To point or thrust a weapon at. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

4. To hammer or forge with a tilt hammer; as, to tilt steel
in order to render it more ductile.

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.

He tilts With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's
breast. --Shak.

Swords out, and tilting one at other's breast.

But in this tournament can no man tilt. --Tennyson.

The fleet, swift tilting, o'er the ?urges flew.

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.

Tilt, n.
1. A thrust, as with a lance. --Addison.

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. --Dampier.

Synonyms: angle, arguing, argument, cant, cant over, careen, careen, contention, contestation, controversy, disputation, inclination, joust, lean, lean, leaning, list, pitch, rock, shift, slant, sway, sway, tip, wobble

See Also: argle-bargle, argy-bargy, battle, bend, bowl over, cock, conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute, flex, incline, joust, knock over, lean against, lean back, lean on, list, lurch, move, overturn, partiality, partisanship, pitch, pitching, polemic, position, recline, rest on, slope, sparring, spatial relation, struggle, tip over, totter, tournament, turn over, upset, weather

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