Definition of Tilt

Pronunciation: tĭlt
n.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.
v. t.1.To cover with a tilt, or awning.
[imp. & p. p. Tilted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tilting.]
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.
4.To hammer or forge with a tilt hammer; as, to tilt steel in order to render it more ductile.
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.
- 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.
n.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.
- Dampier.

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