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.
Tight, v. t. To tighten. [Obs.]
Tight, a. [Compar. Tighter superl. Tightest.]
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. --Evelyn.
I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight. --Gay.
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. [Obs.]
8. Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy. [Slang]
9. Com. Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.
Tight obs. p. p. of Tie.
adj 1: closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "tight
skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers
closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his
chest" [ant: loose]
2: pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead"; "a
tight rope" [syn: taut]
3: set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration;
"in tight formation"; "a tight blockade"
4: pressed tightly together; "with lips compressed" [syn: compressed]
5: used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative
of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly
tip" [syn: mean, mingy, miserly]
6: affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow; "tight money";
"a tight market"
7: of such close construction as to be impermeable; "a tight
roof"; "warm in our tight little house" [ant: leaky]
8: of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very
tight weave" [syn: close]
9: securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid; "the bolts are
10: (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close
contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game" [syn: close]
11: very drunk [syn: besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked,
cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated,
plastered, potty, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked,
soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tiddly, tiddley,
12: exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent; "a nasty
problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight
situation" [syn: nasty]
13: demanding strict attention to rules and procedures;
"rigorous discipline"; "tight security"; "stringent
safety measures" [syn: rigorous, stringent]
14: packed closely together; "the stood in a tight little
group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight"
adv 1: firmly or tightly; "held fast to the rope"; "her foot was
stuck fast"; "held tight" [syn: fast]
2: in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard"
[syn: close, closely]