I. noun Etymology: Middle French tire rank, from Old French — more at attire Date: 1569 1. a. a row, rank, or layer of articles; especially one of two or more rows, levels, or ranks arranged one above another b. a group of political or geographic divisions that form a row across the map <
the southern tier of states
2. class, category II. verb Date: circa 1889 transitive verb to place or arrange in tiers intransitive verb to rise in tiers III. noun or tyer Date: 1633 one that ties

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  • Tier- — Tier …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • tier — [tɪə ǁ tɪr] noun [countable] one of several levels of quality, usually three: • Investors are going for the better value represented by middle tier and lower tier junk bonds (= bonds that have a high risk of not being repaid ) . • Iberia will… …   Financial and business terms

  • Tier — Sn std. (8. Jh.), mhd. tier, ahd. tior, as. dior Stammwort. Aus g. * deuza n. Tier , auch in gt. dius, anord. dýr, ae. dēor, afr. diār. Gemeint sind wilde Tiere im Gegensatz zu den Haustieren (Vieh). Semantisch am nächsten steht l. bēstia (und l …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Tier — Tier: Das gemeingerm. Wort mhd. tier, ahd. tior, got. dius, engl. deer, schwed. djur bezeichnete ursprünglich das wild lebende Tier im Gegensatz zum Haustier (↑ Vieh). So benennt jetzt noch weidmännisch »Tier« das weibliche Stück Rotwild und engl …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • tier — [tıə US tır] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: tire order, rank ; ATTIRE] 1.) one of several levels or layers that rise up one above the other ▪ The lower tier has 10,000 seats. in tiers ▪ Terraces of olive trees rose in tiers. two… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Tier — may refer to: Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, one of two major economic research institutes in Taiwan Tier may refer to: a layer or ranking or classification group in any real or imagined hierarchy a layer in a multitiered software… …   Wikipedia

  • Tier — das; (e)s, e; ein Lebewesen, das Sinnesorgane hat, sich (normalerweise) fortbewegen kann, wenn es will, und das nach seinen Instinkten handelt <ein zahmes, wildes, heimisches Tier; ein Tier züchten, halten, dressieren>: Die Haltung von… …   Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache

  • Tier — Tier, n. [Perhaps fr. OF. tire, F. tire; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. ziar[=i] ornament, G. zier, AS. t[=i]r glory, ti[ e]r row, rank. But cf. also F. tirer to draw, pull; of Teutonic origin. Cf. {Attire}, v. t., {Tire} a headdress, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tier — [ tır ] noun count 1. ) one of several rows or layers of something with each one at a different height: a wedding cake with three tiers 2. ) one of several levels in an organization or system: two tiers of management the bottom tier of society …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tier — Ti er, n. [See {Tire} a headdress.] A chold s apron covering the upper part of the body, and tied with tape or cord; a pinafore. [Written also {tire}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tier — Ti er, n. One who, or that which, ties. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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