- 1Move or cause to move into a sloping position: [no object]: the floor tilted slightly [with object]: he tilted his head to one sideMore example sentences
- When Morgan left in 1996 the balance of power was tilting gently again towards Kerry.
- It's a travesty because if anything the axis of power has been tilting back towards men in recent years.
- I eased off the brakes and pulled on the power lines by tilting the handles towards me.
- 1.1Change or cause to change in favour of one person or thing as opposed to another: [no object]: the balance of industrial power tilted towards the workersMore example sentences
- The swing states are generally tilting to the Democratic nominee.
- In the particular case of Iraq in 2002, I believe the balance tilts strongly toward action.
- Under the protective shield provided by the central bank, the US financial system has became tilted toward relentless expansion.
- 1.2 [with object] Move (a camera) in a vertical plane: tilting the camera causes convergence of upright linesMore example sentences
- He probably has no better idea than I do of why he occasionally tilts the camera or uses slow motion.
- Shooting from a high vantage point and tilting the camera down so it is more parallel to the plane of the foreground also helps extend the range of sharp focus.
- And if you tilt your camera to take a picture of a building or a monument, vertical lines will converge and rectangles turn into trapezoids.
- 2 [no object] (tilt at) • historical (In jousting) thrust at with a lance or other weapon: he tilts at his prey • figurative the lonely hero tilting at the systemMore example sentences
- The same might be said of rifle practice, as compared with bravely tilting at an enemy with spear and shield upon an open field of battle.
- But he's already tilted at, and failed to land, Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Germany's Commerzbank.
- 2.1 (tilt with) • archaic Engage in a contest with: I resolved never to tilt with a French lady in complimentMore example sentences
- National Guardsmen regularly tilted with protesting workers convinced that they were once again, as in 1830, about to be cheated of their revolution.
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- 1A sloping position or movement: the tilt of her headMore example sentences
- But I could feel that we were descending slowly - after two solid days on aeroplanes, my inner ear was sensitive to the tilt of movement.
- A primary factor controlling the seasons and climate is the obliquity, the tilt of the planet's spin axis with respect to the normal to the orbital plane.
- Marked changes in the axial tilt of the Earth have also taken place.
- 1.1An upwards or downwards pivoting movement of a camera: pans and tiltsMore example sentences
- The upward tilt of the camera captures the perfect equipoise of the acrobat featured against a dull grey sky.
- If you do get a tripod make sure its a good one, you want a fluid head so your pans and tilts are smooth.
- The use of camera or lens movements, such as tilts, swings and rising or falling film and lens standards permits a further range of control.
- 1.2An inclination or bias: the paper’s tilt towards the United StatesMore example sentences
- The tilt toward Israel will not soon be forgotten by the Arab world, but it will be harder for the administration to claim that Bush's support of Sharon has made a difference.
- However, the significance of the candidates' list resides not so much in the prospects of the individual contenders as in its heavy tilt towards the conservative camp.
- And it is a transition characterised by a tilt towards Islamist conservatism, with all its geopolitical consequences.
- 2.1 (tilt at) An attempt at winning (something) or defeating (someone): a tilt at the European CupMore example sentences
- Gary Dale, needless to say, has Frank's unqualified endorsement for the impending electoral tilt.
- He is calling on his Lancaster City players to go out on a high before he sits down and plots next season's tilt towards the Conference.
- And you might have thought he'd be happy he was not running for the Board this year after three consecutive tilts!
(at) full tilt
- With maximum energy or force; at top speed.More example sentences
(at) full speed, (at) full pelt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, helter-skelter, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, hurriedly, hastily, wildly, pell-mell, impetuously, recklessly, rashly, at breakneck speed, precipitately, impulsively• informal p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), double quick, at a lick, hell for leather, pronto, at the double, a mile a minute, like the wind, like a bomb, like a bat out of hell, like a scalded cat, like the deuce, like nobody's business, like (greased) lightning, like a madman/madwomanNorth American • informal lickety-split• literary apace• archaic hurry-scurryfull blast, with a will, for all one is worth, with might and main, with all the stops out, all out, with a vengeance, vigorously, energetically, strongly, powerfully, madlyBritish • informal like billy-o
- ‘It was at full tilt and was almost at take-off speed,’ said Chris Formby, chief fire officer at the airport.
- ‘They ran full tilt the second he hit the shot,’ said Watson.
- And that's before his company was even going full tilt.
tilt at windmills
- Attack imaginary enemies or evils: the priest was too busy healing the sick to bother with tilting at ecclesiastical windmills[with allusion to Cervantes' story of Don Quixote tilting at windmills, believing they were giants]More example sentences
- Hopefully, their officers will fall into line, tackle the real issues of the GAA and stop tilting at windmills.
- If you diversify into activity where you have no competitive advantage you are just tilting at windmills.
- It's not hard to see the appeal of a romantic dreamer forever tilting at windmills - Welles spent his life fighting the mundane reality of unrealised ambitions and broken promises.
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- It has said the tilters would cut the fastest York-London journey time by nine minutes to just 1 hour, 32 minutes by 2004, with further improvements possible later if the railway infrastructure is upgraded.
- I bade him farewell, and pushed into the crowd to get a view of the tilters.
late Middle English (in the sense 'fall or cause to fall, topple'): perhaps related to Old English tealt 'unsteady', or perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian tylten 'unsteady' and Swedish tulta 'totter'.