Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Tie-rod noun A rod used as a tie. See Tie .

Tiebar noun A flat bar used as a tie.

Tiebeam noun (Architecture) A beam acting as a tie, as at the bottom of a pair of principal rafters, to prevent them from thrusting out the wall. See Illust. of Timbers , under Roof . Gwilt.

Tienda noun [ Spanish , prop., tent, awning.] In Cuba, Mexico, etc., a booth, stall, or shop where merchandise is sold.

Tier noun One who, or that which, ties.

Tier noun [ 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 .]

Tier noun [ Perhaps from Old French tire , French tire ; probably of Teutonic origin; confer Old High German ziarī ornament, German zier , Anglo-Saxon tīr glory, tiér row, rank. But confer also French tirer to draw, pull; of Teutonic origin. Confer Attire , transitive verb , Tire a headdress, but also Tirade .] 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.

Tiers of a cable , the ranges of fakes, or windings, of a cable, laid one within another when coiled.

Tierce noun [ French tierce a third, from tiers , tierce , third, from Latin tertius the third; akin to tres three. See Third , Three , and confer Terce , Tercet , Tertiary .]
1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is, forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.

2. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.

3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale. See Mediant .

4. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major .

5. (Fencing) A position in thrusting or parrying in which the wrist and nails are turned downward.

6. (R. C. Ch.) The third hour of the day, or nine adjective m, ; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.

Tiercé adjective [ French] (Her.) Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures; -- said of an escutcheon.

Tierce-major noun [ Confer French tierce majeure .] (Card Playing) See Tierce , 4.

Tiercel, Tiercelet noun [ Middle English tercel , tercelet , French tiercelet , a dim. of (assumed) tiercel , or Late Latin tertiolus , dim. from Latin tertius the third; -- so called, according to some, because every third bird in the nest is a male, or, according to others, because the male is the third part less than female. Confer Tercel .] (Falconry) The male of various falcons, esp. of the peregrine; also, the male of the goshawk. Encyc. Brit.

Tiercet noun [ French tercet . See Tercet .] (Pros.) A triplet; three lines, or three lines rhyming together.

Tiers état [ French] The third estate, or commonalty, in France, answering to the commons in Great Britain; -- so called in distinction from, and as inferior to, the nobles and clergy.

» The refusal of the clergy and nobility to give the tiers état a representation in the States-general proportioned to their actual numbers had an important influence in bringing on the French Revolution of 1789. Since that time the term has been purely historical.

Tietick noun The meadow pipit. [ Prov. Eng].

Tiewig noun A wig having a tie or ties, or one having some of the curls tied up; also, a wig tied upon the head. Wright. V. Knox.

Tiff noun [ Originally, a sniff, sniffing; confer Icelandic ...efr a smell, ...efa to sniff, Norw. tev a drawing in of the breath, teva to sniff, smell, dial. Swedish tüv smell, scent, taste.]
1. Liquor; especially, a small draught of liquor. "Sipping his tiff of brandy punch." Sir W. Scott.

2. A fit of anger or peevishness; a slight altercation or contention. See Tift . Thackeray.

Tiff intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tiffed ; present participle & verbal noun Tiffing .] To be in a pet.

She tiffed with Tim, she ran from Ralph.

Tiff transitive verb [ Middle English tiffen , Old French tiffer , tifer , to bedizen; confer Dutch tippen to clip the points or ends of the hair, English tip , noun ] To deck out; to dress. [ Obsolete] A. Tucker.

Tiffany noun [ Middle English tiffenay ; confer Old French tiffe ornament, tiffer to adjust, adorn. See Tiff to dress.] A species of gause, or very silk.

The smoke of sulphur . . . is commonly used by women to whiten tiffanies .
Sir T. Browne.

Tiffin noun [ Properly, tiffing a quaffing, a drinking. See Tiff , noun ] A lunch, or slight repast between breakfast and dinner; -- originally, a Provincial English word, but introduced into India, and brought back to England in a special sense.

Tiffish adjective Inclined to tiffs; peevish; petulant.

Tift noun [ Confer Norw. teft a scent. See Tiff , noun ] A fit of pettishness, or slight anger; a tiff.

After all your fatigue you seem as ready for a tift with me as if you had newly come from church.
Blackwood's Mag.

Tig noun
1. A game among children. See Tag .

2. A capacious, flat-bottomed drinking cup, generally with four handles, formerly used for passing around the table at convivial entertainment.

Tigella noun [ New Latin , from French tige stem or stock.] (Botany) That part of an embryo which represents the young stem; the caulicle or radicle.

Tigelle noun [ French] (Botany) Same as Tigella .

Tiger noun [ Middle English tigre , French tigre , Latin tigris , Greek ti`gris ; probably of Persian origin; confer Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Persian tīr ; perhaps akin to English stick , v.t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.]
1. A very large and powerful carnivore ( Felis tigris ) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger , and Bengal tiger .

2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.

As for heinous tiger , Tamora.

3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress. Dickens.

4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger . [ Colloq. U. S.]

5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.

American tiger . (Zoology) (a) The puma. (b) The jaguar. -- Clouded tiger (Zoology) , a handsome striped and spotted carnivore ( Felis macrocelis or F. marmorata ) native of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth. Called also tortoise-shell tiger . -- Mexican tiger (Zoology) , the jaguar. -- Tiger beetle (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of active carnivorous beetles of the family Cicindelidæ . They usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly. -- Tiger bittern . (Zoology) See Sun bittern , under Sun . -- Tiger cat (Zoology) , any one of several species of wild cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes somewhat resembling those of the tiger. -- Tiger flower (Botany) , an iridaceous plant of the genus Tigridia (as T. conchiflora , T. grandiflora , etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger. -- Tiger grass (Botany) , a low East Indian fan palm ( Chamærops Ritchieana ). It is used in many ways by the natives. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants). -- Tiger lily . (Botany) See under Lily . -- Tiger moth (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of moths of the family Arctiadæ which are striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The larvæ are called woolly bears . -- Tiger shark (Zoology) , a voracious shark ( Galeocerdo maculatus or tigrinus ) more or less barred or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Called also zebra shark . -- Tiger shell (Zoology) , a large and conspicuously spotted cowrie ( Cypræa tigris ); -- so called from its fancied resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also tiger cowrie . -- Tiger wolf (Zoology) , the spotted hyena ( Hyæna crocuta ). -- Tiger wood , the variegated heartwood of a tree ( Machærium Schomburgkii ) found in Guiana.

Tiger-eye noun (Min.) A siliceous stone of a yellow color and chatoyant luster, obtained in South Africa and much used for ornament. It is an altered form of the mineral crocidolite. See Crocidolite .

Tiger-foot noun (Botany) Same as Tiger's-foot .

Tiger-footed adjective Hastening to devour; furious.

Tiger's-foot noun (Botany) A name given to some species of morning-glory ( Ipomœa ) having the leaves lobed in pedate fashion.

Tigerine adjective Tigerish; tigrine. [ R.]

Tigerish adjective Like a tiger; tigrish.

Tigh noun [ Perhaps akin to tight .] A close, or inclosure; a croft. [ Obsolete] Cowell.

Tight obsolete past participle of Tie . Spenser.

Tight adjective [ Compar. Tighter ; superl. Tightest .] [ Middle English tight , thiht ; probably of Scand. origin; confer Icelandic ...ēttr , Danish tæt , Swedish tät : akin to D. & German dicht thick, tight, and perhaps to English thee to thrive, or to thick . Confer Taut .]
1. Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open; as, tight cloth; a tight knot.

2. Close, so as not to admit the passage of a liquid or other fluid; not leaky; as, a tight ship; a tight cask; a tight room; -- often used in this sense as the second member of a compound; as, water- tight ; air- tight .

3. Fitting close, or too close, to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment.

4. Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.

Clad very plain, but clean and tight .

I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight .

5. Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings. [ Colloq.]

6. Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.

7. Handy; adroit; brisk. [ Obsolete] Shak.

8. Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy. [ Slang]

9. (Com.) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Confer Easy , 7.

Tight transitive verb To tighten. [ Obsolete]

Tighten transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Tightened ; present participle & verbal noun Tightening .] To draw tighter; to straiten; to make more close in any manner.

Just where I please, with tightened rein
I'll urge thee round the dusty plain.

Tightening pulley (Machinery) , a pulley which rests, or is forced, against a driving belt to tighten it.

Tightener noun That which tightens; specifically (Machinery) , a tightening pulley.

Tighter noun A ribbon or string used to draw clothes closer. [ Obsolete]

Tightly adverb In a tight manner; closely; nearly.

Tightness noun The quality or condition of being tight.

Tights noun plural Close-fitting garments, especially for the lower part of the body and the legs.

Tiglic adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid, C 4 H 7 CO 2 H (called also methyl crotonic acid ), homologous with crotonic acid, and obtained from croton oil (from Croton Tiglium ) as a white crystalline substance.

Tigress noun [ From Tiger : confer French tigresse .] (Zoology) The female of the tiger. Holland.

Tigrine adjective [ Latin tigrinus , from tigris a tiger.]
1. Of or pertaining to a tiger; like a tiger.

2. (Zoology) Resembling the tiger in color; as, the tigrine cat ( Felis tigrina ) of South America.

Tigrish adjective Resembling a tiger; tigerish.

Tike noun (Zoology) A tick. See 2d Tick . [ Obsolete]

Tike noun [ Icelandic tīk a bitch; akin to Swedish tik .]
1. A dog; a cur. "Bobtail tike or trundle-tail." Shak.

2. A countryman or clown; a boorish person.

Tikor noun [ Hind. tikhur .] A starch or arrow-root made from the tubes of an East Indian zinziberaceous plant ( Curcuma angustifolia ); also, the plant itself.

Tikur, Tikoor noun [ Hind. tik...r .] An East Indian tree ( Garcinia pedunculata ) having a large yellow fleshy fruit with a pleasant acid flavor.