• WordNet 3.6
    • n tier one of two or more layers one atop another "tier upon tier of huge casks","a three-tier wedding cake"
    • n tier something that is used for tying "the sail is fastened to the yard with tiers"
    • n tier a worker who ties something
    • n tier any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
    • n tier a relative position or degree of value in a graded group "lumber of the highest grade"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tier A chold's apron covering the upper part of the body, and tied with tape or cord; a pinafore.
    • n Tier A row or rank, especially one of two or more rows placed one above, or higher than, another; as, a tier of seats in a theater.
    • n Tier One who, or that which, ties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tier A range of mountains.
    • n tier One who or that which ties.
    • n tier A child's apron. Also, erroneously, tire.
    • n tier In entomology, same as leaf-tier.
    • n tier A row; a rank, particularly when two or more rows are placed one above another: as, a tier of seats in a theater; the old three-decked war-ships had three tiers of guns on each side, the upper, middle, and lower tiers.
    • n tier In organ-building, same as rank, 1 .
    • tier To pile, build, or arrange in tiers. Compare tierer.
    • n tier See tire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tier one who ties: a child's apron
    • n Tier tēr a row or rank, especially when several rows are placed one above another.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps fr. OF. tire, F. tire,; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. ziarī, ornament, G. zier, AS. tīr, glory, tiér, row, rank. But cf. also F. tirer, to draw, pull; of Teutonic origin. Cf. Attire (v. t.) Tire a headdress, but also Tirade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tiretirer, to draw.


In literature:

Then she sprang to tier feet and almost ran out of the little park, nearly to the edge of the canal.
"Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
Semicircular seats of unpainted pine for the accommodation of the public rose tier above tier, but most of them were empty.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
But there was only one tier of stones left complete in place.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
A ship with one tier of guns on a covered deck.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
Two tiers up and directly in back of Don Miguel and his guests, two men glanced meaningly at each other.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
Similar emotions of joy took place in Paris, and at this moment, the triumph of the Tiers is considered as complete.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
In time the slaves in the tier of counties against Louisiana ranged from thirty to seventy per cent of the population.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
There were seats tier upon tier on either side, with awnings over them.
"The House of Walderne" by A. D. Crake
The pictures of Godhead represent him as sitting in the center on his raised throne with the surrounding tiers of attendant angels.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
On each side of the throne were tiers of seats, rising one above the other.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
The main fortification was Fort Morgan, whose heavy guns were placed in three tiers.
"Dewey and Other Naval Commanders" by Edward S. Ellis
It was necessary, then, to protect them from the mud and the dust in which the spectators occupying the upper tiers had been walking.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
Half a dozen bunks ranged the side walls of the cabin, four on one side, two on the other, arranged in tiers, upper and lower.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
What had seemed to be a wall of stone proved to consist of scores of great gates, standing tier upon tier.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
The sixth tier of beams constitute a flat roof over a portion of the building at the center and sides.
"The New York Subway" by Anonymous
Use large rocks for the lower tiers, and try to have all three walls perpendicular and smooth inside.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
Charlie took his place at the end of the tier of shelves to act as cashier.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope
Tiers of ledges had been cut and blasted in the native rock, extending from the sea back into the land in a series of giant steps.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
There may be beds and tables and tiers of bunks.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
He sat at a desk along with forty-seven other children of his size, neatly stacked in six aisles with eight desks to the tier.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith

In poetry:

Allein, gesagt zur guten Stunde,
Die Jungfer irrt sich hier.
Ich sah nach ihrem bunten Hunde:
Es ist ein artig Tier.
"Der Irrtum" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Along the basement porthole sills
He worked for hours and hours
A-building tiers of jardineers
And planting `em with flowers.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
Und unterm Körper des gefallenen Tieres
Zieht unversehrt den Säbel er hervor:
Des Prinzen Arnulf Säbel, und begeistert
Hält ihn der Leiber-Oberst hoch empor.
"Gedichte des Bayerischen Infanterie-Leib-Regiments" by Anonymous European
Tier after tier, they blossom in the dark,
Miraculously radiant, while I
Think of the toilers bent beneath each spark,
And breathe a little prayer for them, and sigh.
"Downtown" by Charles Hanson Towne
Tier beyond tier they rose and rose and rose
So high that it was dreadful, flames with flames:
No man could number them, no tongue disclose
Their secret sacred names.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
In vain we roared; in vain we tried
To rouse her into laughter:
Her pensive glances wandered wide
From orchestra to rafter -
"TIER UPON TIER!" she said, and sighed;
And silence followed after.
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

75 mile natural gas pipeline will run across three Southern Tier counties.
Caterpillar Reaches Tier 4-Final with SCR .
Caterpillar will add an SCR module to its existing emissions control system to reach Tier 4-Final standards.
Mark Burns, Case IH marketing manager, explains other features of the new sprayer, including the new Tier 4-compliant, fuel-efficient engine.
361 City Island Ave, The Bronx, NY, 10464 at Tier St 718-885-1810.
Top Stories in Southern Tier Treasures.
As American Idol gets underway another singing competition is heating up right here in the Southern Tier.
Both grandfathers have been involved in production and sons and grandsons have stood among the singers on the 25-foot tiered Singing Christmas Tree performed by the Chattanooga Boys Choir.
An Alaska college professor was not surprised when the lights went out over the northern tier of the US and southeast Canada about 10 years ago.
For some reason, there are three tiers: "constant," "primary" and "swing.
The body of Army Specialist Ryan Jayne arrived in the Twin Tiers Tuesday.
Of the four unclaimed second-tier, $250,000.
The World Sport Stacking Association invited him because he placed in the top tier of his age division at the Northwest regional tournament.
The AC72 introduces the SSD Accelerator Tier, a tiering architecture that is designed to lower operational overhead.
Pharm Exec takes a look at how a mid tier player &mdash.

In science:

Thus, a tiered series of such processes is required to bring gas to the smallest scales, each of which on its own may not correlate with the presence of an AGN.
Do stellar winds play a decisive role in feeding AGN?
To bring substance to the debate, we propose a two-tiered approach to compute the intrinsic value of Zynga.
When games meet reality: is Zynga overvalued?
To support these relations, we developed Tier 1 of the framework.
Development of a Conceptual Structure for a Domain-Specific Corpus
This tiered cost model (particularly relevant for caching on end-nodes) creates a fundamentally different problem.
Bulk content delivery using co-operating end-nodes with upload/download limits
We believe this work has important implications for any end-node based caching solution, with tiered network access costs.
Bulk content delivery using co-operating end-nodes with upload/download limits
The real key to this process occurs in Tier Two and Tier Three rules.
Recursive bijections for Catalan objects
Similarly, Tier Three rules in Sn occur any time there are leftover rectangles underneath of a Tier Two structure in Sn .
Recursive bijections for Catalan objects
In both Tn and Sn , the process renews itself when Tier Three rules are utilized, leaving smaller tree and staircase structures of corresponding size, both starting independently with the same set of rules the larger structure obeys.
Recursive bijections for Catalan objects
Therefore, Tier Three rules in Tn imply Tier Three rules in Sn and vice verse, and in corresponding sections of the tree and staircase.
Recursive bijections for Catalan objects
The author is supported by a research fellowship from an Academic Research Fund Tier 1 grant at Nanyang Technological University for this work.
On weighted remainder form of Hardy-type inequalities
Dynamic voltage scaling in multi-tier web servers with end-to-end delay control.
Sharp utilization thresholds for some real-time scheduling problems
Tiers are general terms of displaying embedded system components which communicate each other, for example, 2tiers means there are two components communicating each others, 3-tiers means there are 3 components communicating each others, and so on.
The New Embedded System Design Methodology For Improving Design Process Performance
During this work, P. G. was supported by postdoctoral research fellowships at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and L. Z. by an AcRF Tier I Grant at NTU.
Large sieve inequalities for quartic characters
Authors of proposed the energy efficient spectrum allocation for two tier cellular networks by rationally using subcarriers.
On-Demand Based Wireless Resources Trading for Green Communications
He may also peer with other providers, often in the same tier so as to save transit cost and improve service quality at the same time.
Exploring Network Economics