Does the word "tiles" have any other meaning rather than the usual square things to cover floors, walls or floors?I once read an article about the environment, to be more specific it talked about...

Does the word "tiles" have any other meaning rather than the usual square things to cover floors, walls or floors?

I once read an article about the environment, to be more specific it talked about tiles in the sea bed. No teacher in Argentina, no internet site could give me a logical answer.

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to the dictionary, the word “tile,” when used as a transitive verb means to cover with tiles or to install drainage tile in a specific area to aid in the velocity of water flow

When tile is used as a noun it can also mean several different things, such as: a: a flat or curved piece of fired clay, stone, or concrete used especially for roofs, floors, or walls and often for ornamental work b: a hollow or a semicircular and open earthenware or concrete piece used in constructing a drain c: a hollow building unit made of fired clay or of shale or gypsum.   A tile can also be a type of hat, especially a high silk hat.  Last but not least a tile can be a thin piece of material like cork, linoleum, or rubber used especially for covering floors or walls.  When playing a game a tile is a thin piece resembling a ceramic tile that usually bears a mark or letter and is used as a playing piece in a board game Scrabble.

I think the term you are looking for is a “flow tiles.”  This is a type of system set up to control the velocity of a water flow and could very well be included in the article you read.  I hope this helps.