Tie n.; pl. Ties
1. A knot; a fastening.
2. A bond; an obligation, moral or legal; as, the sacred ties of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance.
No distance breaks the tie of blood. --Young.
3. A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.
4. An equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which prevents either party from being victorious; equality in any contest, as a race.
5. Arch. & Engin. A beam or rod for holding two parts together; in railways, one of the transverse timbers which support the track and keep it in place.
6. Mus. A line, usually straight, drawn across the stems of notes, or a curved line written over or under the notes, signifying that they are to be slurred, or closely united in the performance, or that two notes of the same pitch are to be sounded as one; a bind; a ligature.
7. pl. Low shoes fastened with lacings.
Bale tie, a fastening for the ends of a hoop for a bale.
Tie, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied (Obs. Tight ); p. pr. & vb. n. Tying ]
1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. “Tie the kine to the cart.”
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. --Prov. vi. 20,21.
2. To form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord; also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord to a tree; to knit; to knot. “We do not tie this knot with an intention to puzzle the argument.”
3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.
In bond of virtuous love together tied. --Fairfax.
4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine.
Not tied to rules of policy, you find
Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. --Dryden.
5. Mus. To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them.
6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with.
To ride and tie. See under Ride.
To tie down. (a) To fasten so as to prevent from rising. (b) To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.
To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action.
Tie, v. i. To make a tie; to make an equal score.
n 1: neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn
(mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the
front; "he stood in front of the mirror tightening his
necktie"; "he wore a vest and tie" [syn: necktie]
2: a social or business relationship; "a valuable financial
affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with
other members of the team"; "many close associations with
England" [syn: affiliation, association, tie-up]
3: the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the
winner is undecided; "the game ended in a draw"; "their
record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie" [syn: draw, standoff]
4: a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural
members from spreading apart or separating; "he nailed the
rafters together with a tie beam" [syn: tie beam]
5: a fastener that serves to join or link; "the walls are held
together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during
construction" [syn: link, linkup, tie-in]
6: equality of score in a contest
7: (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates
that the note is to be sustained for their combined time
8: one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway
track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper" [syn: railroad
tie, crosstie, sleeper]
9: a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which
something is tied; "he needed a tie for the packages"
v 1: fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied
their victim to the chair" [syn: bind] [ant: untie]
2: finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.;
"The teams drew a tie" [syn: draw]
3: limit or restrict to; "I am tied to UNIX"; "These big jets
are tied to large airports"
4: connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can
you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes
together"; "Link arms" [syn: connect, link, link up]
5: form a knot or bow in; "tie a necktie"
6: create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to
bond with the child" [syn: bind, attach, bond]
7: perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on
Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple
got spliced on Hawaii" [syn: marry, wed, splice]
8: make by tying pieces together; "The fishermen tied their
9: unite musical notes by a tie