AskDefine | Define tilt

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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 conservative rulings"
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, lean, leaning]
5 pitching dangerously to one side [syn: rock, careen, sway]


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

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

Middle English tilte


  1. to slope or incline (something); to slant
  2. (jousting) to charge (at someone) with a lance
  3. to forge (something) with a tilt hammer
  4. to play worse than usual (often as a result of previous bad luck)


  1. a slope or inclination
  2. a joust

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Old English teld


  1. a canvas covering for carts etc.




Extensive Definition

Tilt may refer to:



  • Luke Tilt (1988-) an English football player



  • Tilt (film), a 1979 movie starring Brooke Shields
  • Tilt (TV series), a U.S. television series, with poker as a backdrop, produced by ESPN
  • Tilt (camera), a cinematographic technique in which the camera is stationary and rotates in a vertical plane
  • Tilt (radio), a 2008 satirical radio series on BBC 7.

Science and technology

Sports and games

In the old mechanical days, slot machines had tilt switches. While modern machines no longer have tilt switches, any kind of mechanical failure (door switch in the wrong state, reel motor failure, etc) is still called a "tilt".


tilt in German: Tilt (Begriffsklärung)
tilt in Japanese: ティルト
Tilt: A canvas of plastic tarpaulin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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