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.
Ty·ing p. pr. of Tie.
Ty·ing, n. Mining The act or process of washing ores in a buddle.
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
n : the act of tying or binding things together [syn: ligature]