ti

1
[ tee ]
/ ti /

noun, plural tis. Music.

the syllable for the seventh tone of a diatonic scale.
(in the fixed system of solmization) the tone B.

Nearby words

  1. thérèse de lisieux,
  2. théâtre français,
  3. théâtre-français,
  4. thüringer,
  5. thā,
  6. ti2go,
  7. tia,
  8. tia juana,
  9. tia maria,
  10. tiahuanaco

Also te.

Compare sol-fa(def 1).

Origin of ti

1
1835–45; substituted for si to avoid confusion with the sharp of sol. See gamut

ti

2
[ tee ]
/ ti /

noun, plural tis.

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 ti

2
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1830–40

'tis

[ tiz ]
/ tɪz /

a contraction of it is.

Usage note


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British Dictionary definitions for tis

ti

1
/ (tiː) /

noun

music a variant spelling of te

ti

2
/ (tiː) /

noun plural tis

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
a similar and related plant, Cordyline australis, of New Zealand

Word Origin for ti

of Polynesian origin

Ti

the chemical symbol for

titanium

'tis

/ (tɪz) poetic, or dialect /

contraction of

it is
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Word Origin and History for tis

'tis

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

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Medicine definitions for tis

Ti

The symbol for the elementtitanium

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Science definitions for tis

Ti

The symbol for titanium.
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