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.
adj 1: bound or secured closely; "the guard was found trussed up
with his arms and legs securely tied"; "a trussed
chicken" [syn: trussed]
2: bound together by or as if by a strong rope; especially as
by a bond of affection; "people tied by blood or marriage"
3: fastened with strings or cords; "a neatly tied bundle" [syn:
fastened] [ant: untied]
4: closed with a lace; "snugly laced shoes" [syn: laced]
5: of the score in a contest; "the score is tied" [syn: tied(p),