Meaning of tier

tier

Pronunciation: (tēr), [key]
— n.
  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. a mountain range.
—v.t.
  1. to arrange in tiers.
—v.i.
  1. to rise in tiers.

ti•er

Pronunciation: (tī'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that ties.
  2. a short rope or band for securing a furled sail.
  3. a child's apron or pinafore.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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