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ti1

[tee]
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noun, plural tis. Music.
  1. the syllable for the seventh tone of a diatonic scale.
  2. (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone B.
Also te.
Compare sol-fa(def 1).

Origin of ti1

1835–45; substituted for si to avoid confusion with the sharp of sol. See gamut

ti2

[tee]
noun, plural tis.
  1. a widely cultivated tropical plant, Cordyline terminalis, of the agave family, having narrow, leathery, often variegated leaves and yellowish, white, or reddish flowers.

Origin of ti2

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1830–40

'tis

[tiz]
  1. a contraction of it is.

Usage note

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British Dictionary definitions for tis

ti1

noun
  1. music a variant spelling of te

ti2

noun plural tis
  1. a woody palmlike agave plant, Cordyline terminalis, of the East Indies, having white, mauve, or reddish flowers. The sword-shaped leaves are used for garments, fodder, thatch, etc, and the root for food and liquor
  2. a similar and related plant, Cordyline australis, of New Zealand

Word Origin

of Polynesian origin

Ti

the chemical symbol for
  1. titanium

'tis

contraction of
  1. it is
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Word Origin and History for tis

'tis

abbreviation of it is, first recorded mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tis in Medicine

Ti

  1. The symbol for the elementtitanium

tis in Science

Ti

  1. The symbol for titanium.