1 [teer]
one of a series of rows or ranks rising one behind or above another, as of seats in an amphitheater, boxes in a theater, guns in a man-of-war, or oars in an ancient galley.
one of a number of galleries, as in a theater.
a layer; level; stratum: The wedding cake had six tiers. All three tiers of the firm's management now report to one director.
Australian. a mountain range.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in tiers.
verb (used without object)
to rise in tiers.

1560–70; earlier also tire, tyre, teare < Middle French, Old French tire, tiere order, row, rank < Germanic; compare Old English, Old Saxon tīr, Old High German zēri glory, adornment

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tier1 (tɪə)
1.  one of a set of rows placed one above and behind the other, such as theatre seats
2.  a.  a layer or level
 b.  (in combination): a three-tier cake
3.  a rank, order, or row
4.  to be or arrange in tiers
[C16: from Old French tire rank, of Germanic origin; compare Old English tīr embellishment]

tier2 (ˈtaɪə)
a person or thing that ties

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Word Origin & History

"row, rank, range," 1569, from M.Fr. tire, from O.Fr. tire "rank, sequence, order" (c.1210), probably from tirer "to draw, draw out" (see tirade). Some suggests the O.Fr. noun is from a Gmc. source akin to O.H.G. ziari, Ger. Zier "adornment," O.E. tir "glory, honor."
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Example sentences
Reach trucks are often used for high tiering, which involves storing material in multiple tiers high off the ground.
These trucks are used for high tiering, which involves storing material in multiple tiers high off the ground.
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