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tier1

[teer] /tɪər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
one of a number of galleries, as in a theater.
3.
a layer; level; stratum:
The wedding cake had six tiers. All three tiers of the firm's management now report to one director.
4.
Australian. a mountain range.
verb (used with object)
5.
to arrange in tiers.
verb (used without object)
6.
to rise in tiers.
Origin
1560-1570
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

tier2

[tahy-er] /ˈtaɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that ties.
2.
Nautical. a short rope or band for securing a furled sail.
3.
New England. a child's apron or pinafore.
Origin
1625-35; tie + -er1
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Examples from the web for tiers
  • Most often clipped as hedge or shaped into globes, tiers, pyramids in containers.
  • Train as for a central leader, but stop upright growth, usually after two or three tiers of scaffold branches.
  • Another was, until recently, a tall dessert that rose in tiers of flaky pastry and creamy filling.
  • When top level predators are removed, the middle predators devastate the lower tiers of the food chain.
  • Note its two tiers of columns wrapped around the street corner.
  • The tiers advance-the late garden is on the upper tiers.
  • Dogs with long coats were staked in tiers along the steep hillsides.
  • Three tiers of comprehensive leadership programs, each with a global view of best practices and ideas.
  • Colleges are also going to get better at introducing different tiers of their services.
  • But as with so many of the symptoms of inequity between academe's two faculty tiers, fairness is only part of the problem.
British Dictionary definitions for tiers

tier1

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

tier2

/ˈtaɪə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that ties
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Word Origin and History for tiers

tier

n.

"row, rank, range," 1560s, from Middle French tire, from Old French tire "rank, sequence, order" (early 13c.), probably from tirer "to draw, draw out" (see tirade). Some suggests the French noun is from a Germanic source akin to Old High German ziari, German Zier "adornment," Old English tir "glory, honor."

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