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Glossary of Terms

Glossary is usually defined as an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge. This knowledge base glossary provides a collection of knowledge base documents that define many technical terms. These terms are arranged alphabetically, but you can quickly jump to a specific term by selecting its first letter from the index of the knowledge base glossary below.

TCA (Tile Council Of America)
An organization of manufacturers serving the ceramic tile industry. Its programs include promotion of the uses of tile, improvement of product standards and quality, development of new installation methods and techniques, and publication of the annual Installation Handbook. Many of the installation techniques detailed in the handbook can be used to set stone tile
TEMPLATE
A pattern for a repetitive marking or fabricating operation
TERRAZZO
A flooring surface of marble or granite chips in a cementitious or resinous matrix, which is ground and finished after setting
TEXTURE
Surface quality of stone, independent of color
TEXTURED FINISH
A rough surface finish
THERMAL FINISH
A surface treatment applied by intense heat flamin
THIN STONE
Dimension stone units less than 2 inches thick
THRESHOLD
A flat strip of stone projecting above the floor between the jambs of a door. Also known as a saddle
TILE
A thin modular stone, generally less than ¾ inch thick
TOLERANCE
Dimensional allowance in the fabrication process
TRANSLUCENCE
The ability of many lighter-colored marbles to transmit light
TRAVERTINE
A variety of limestone that is a precipitate from hot springs. Some varieties of travertine take a polish and are known commercially as marble. ASTM C119-03 classifies travertine in both the limestone and the marble groupings
TUMBLE FINISH
A rustic finish produced on stone tiles by processing them in a tumbler
TUMBLER
Rotating apparatus used to produce tumble-finish on marble, travertine and other stone tiles