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Tie definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TIER, n. A row; a rank; particularly when two or more rows are placed one above another; as a tier of seats in a church or theater. Thus in ships of war, the range of guns on one deck and one side of a ship, is called a tier. Those on the lower deck are called the lower tier, and those above,the middle or upper tiers. Ships with three tiers of guns are three deckers.
The tiers of a cable are the ranges of fakes or windings of a cable,laid one within another when coiled.
Tier, in organs, is a rank or range of pipes in the front of the instrument, or in the interior, when the compound stops have several ranks of pipes.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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, tie]
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, tie-up]
3: equality of score in a contest
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, tie beam]
5: a fastener that serves to join or connect; "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction" [syn: link, linkup, tie, tie-in]
6: 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, tie]
7: (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
8: one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper" [syn: tie, 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: tie, bind] [ant: unbrace, unlace, untie]
2: finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie" [syn: tie, 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, tie, link up] [ant: disconnect]
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, tie, 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, tie, splice]
8: make by tying pieces together; "The fishermen tied their flies"
9: unite musical notes by a tie

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English teg, tye, from Old English t?ag; akin to Old Norse taug rope, Old English t?on to pull more at tow Date: before 12th century 1. a. a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed; especially shoelace b. (1) a structural element (as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together ; a tension member in a construction (2) any of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them in line 2. something that serves as a connecting link: as a. a moral or legal obligation to someone or something typically constituting a restraining power, influence, or duty b. a bond of kinship or affection 3. a curved line that joins two musical notes of the same pitch to denote a single tone sustained through the time value of the two 4. a. an equality in number (as of votes or scores) b. equality in a contest; also a contest that ends in a draw 5. a method or style of tying or knotting 6. something that is knotted or is to be knotted when worn: as a. necktie b. a low laced shoe ; oxford tieless adjective II. verb (tied; tying or tieing) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie b. to form a knot or bow in <tie your scarf> c. to make by tying constituent elements <tied a wreath> <tie a fishing fly> 2. a. to place or establish in relationship ; connect b. to unite in marriage c. to unite (musical notes) by a tie d. to join (power systems) electrically 3. to restrain from independence or freedom of action or choice ; constrain by or as if by authority, influence, agreement, or obligation 4. a. (1) to make or have an equal score with in a contest (2) to equalize (the score) in a game or contest (3) to equalize the score of (a game) b. to provide or offer something equal to ; equal intransitive verb to make a tie: as a. to make a bond or connection b. to make an equal score c. to become attached d. to close by means of a tie

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. (tying) 1 tr. attach or fasten with string or cord etc. (tie the dog to the gate; tie his hands together; tied on a label). 2 tr. a form (a string, ribbon, shoelace, necktie, etc.) into a knot or bow. b form (a knot or bow) in this way. 3 tr. restrict or limit (a person) as to conditions, occupation, place, etc. (is tied to his family). 4 intr. (often foll. by with) achieve the same score or place as another competitor (they tied at ten games each; tied with her for first place). 5 tr. hold (rafters etc.) together by a crosspiece etc. 6 tr. Mus. a unite (written notes) by a tie. b perform (two notes) as one unbroken note. --n. 1 a cord or chain etc. used for fastening. 2 a strip of material worn round the collar and tied in a knot at the front with the ends hanging down. 3 a thing that unites or restricts persons; a bond or obligation (family ties; ties of friendship; children are a real tie). 4 a draw, dead heat, or equality of score among competitors. 5 Brit. a match between any pair from a group of competing players or teams. 6 (also tie-beam etc.) a rod or beam holding parts of a structure together. 7 Mus. a curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch indicating that they are to be played for the combined duration of their time values. 8 US a railway sleeper. 9 US a shoe tied with a lace. Phrases and idioms: fit to be tied colloq. very angry. tie-break (or -breaker) a means of deciding a winner from competitors who have tied. tie-dye (or tie and dye) a method of producing dyed patterns by tying string etc. to protect parts of the fabric from the dye. tie in (foll. by with) bring into or have a close association or agreement. tie-in n. 1 a connection or association. 2 (often attrib.) esp. US a form of sale or advertising that offers or requires more than a single purchase. 3 the joint promotion of related commodities etc. (e.g. a book and a film). tie-line a transmission line connecting parts of a system, esp. a telephone line connecting two private branch exchanges. tie-pin (or -clip) an ornamental pin or clip for holding a tie in place. tie up 1 bind or fasten securely with cord etc. 2 invest or reserve (capital etc.) so that it is not immediately available for use. 3 moor (a boat). 4 secure (an animal). 5 obstruct; prevent from acting freely. 6 secure or complete (an undertaking etc.). 7 (often foll. by with) = tie in. 8 (usu. in passive) fully occupy (a person). Derivatives: tieless adj. Etymology: OE tigan, tegan (v.), teah, teg (n.) f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tie Tie, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied(Obs. Tight); p. pr. & vb. n. Tying.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[=i]gan, ti['e]gan, fr. te['a]g, te['a]h, a rope; akin to Icel. taug, and AS. te['o]n to draw, to pull. See Tug, v. t., and cf. Tow to drag.] 1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. ``Tie the kine to the cart.'' --1 Sam. vi. 7. 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.'' --Bp. Burnet. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tie Tie, n.; pl. Ties. [AS. t[=e]ge, t?ge, t[=i]ge. [root]64. See Tie, v. t.] 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. --Young. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tie Tie, v. i. To make a tie; to make an equal score.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ties, tying, tied) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you tie two things together or tie them, you fasten them together with a knot. He tied the ends of the plastic bag together... Mr Saunders tied her hands and feet. VERB: V n adv/prep, V n 2. If you tie something or someone in a particular place or position, you put them there and fasten them using rope or string. He had tied the dog to one of the trees near the canal... He tied her hands behind her back. VERB: V n to n, V n prep/adv 3. If you tie a piece of string or cloth around something or tie something with a piece of string or cloth, you put the piece of string or cloth around it and fasten the ends together. She tied her scarf over her head... Roll the meat and tie it with string... Dad handed me a big box wrapped in gold foil and tied with a red ribbon. VERB: V n prep/adv, V n with n, V-ed 4. If you tie a knot or bow in something or tie something in a knot or bow, you fasten the ends together. He took a short length of rope and swiftly tied a slip knot... She tied a knot in her scarf... She wore a checked shirt tied in a knot above the navel. VERB: V n, V n in n, V-ed 5. When you tie something or when something ties, you close or fasten it using a bow or knot. He pulled on his heavy suede shoes and tied the laces. ...a long white thing around his neck that tied in front in a floppy bow. VERB: V n, V 6. A tie is a long narrow piece of cloth that is worn round the neck under a shirt collar and tied in a knot at the front. Ties are worn mainly by men. Jason had taken off his jacket and loosened his tie. N-COUNT 7. If one thing is tied to another or two things are tied, the two things have a close connection or link. Their cancers are not so clearly tied to radiation exposure... My social life and business life are closely tied. = link, connect VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n, pl-n be V-ed 8. If you are tied to a particular place or situation, you are forced to accept it and cannot change it. They had children and were consequently tied to the school holidays... VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n/-ing 9. Ties are the connections you have with people or a place. Quebec has always had particularly close ties to France... = connection N-COUNT: usu pl, oft N prep 10. Railroad ties are large heavy beams that support the rails of a railway track. (AM; in BRIT, use sleepers) N-COUNT 11. If two people tie in a competition or game or if they tie with each other, they have the same number of points or the same degree of success. Both teams had tied on points and goal difference... Ronan Rafferty had tied with Frank Nobilo. = draw V-RECIP: pl-n V, V with n Tie is also a noun. The first game ended in a tie. N-COUNT 12. In sport, a tie is a match that is part of a competition. The losers leave the competition and the winners go on to the next round. (mainly BRIT) They'll meet the winners of the first round tie. N-COUNT 13. your hands are tied: see hand to tie the knot: see knot to tie yourself in knots: see knot see also tied, black tie, bow tie, old school tie

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Bind, fasten (with a cord or string), manacle, shackle, fetter. 2. Knit, interlace, complicate, knot, entangle. 3. Unite, join, connect, link, fasten, hold, bind, knit, lock, yoke. 4. Oblige, constrain, restrain, confine. II. n. 1. Knot, fastening, band, ligature. 2. Bond, obligation. 3. Equal number (on both sides, as of votes).

Moby Thesaurus

Roman collar, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, accent, accent mark, accord, accouple, accumulate, addition, adherence, adhesion, adjunct, affairs, affiliate, affiliation, affinity, agent, agglomeration, agglutinate, agglutination, aggregation, allegiance, alliance, ally, amass, amount to, anchor, apply, approximation, armory, articulate, articulation, assemblage, assemble, associate, association, assurance, attach, attachment, badge, badge of office, badges, balance, band, bandage, bandanna, bar, baton, batten, batten down, be consistent, be logical, belay, belt, bend, bertha, bind, bind up, blazonry, boa, bona fides, bond, bonne foi, bowtie, brace, bracket, bracketing, brassard, break even, bridge, bridge over, bridle, broker, bundle, button, button-down collar, cancel, cap and gown, cause, cause to, celluloid collar, cement, chain, chain of office, character, choke, choker, cinch, clap together, class ring, clerical collar, clinch, clog, closeness, clustering, cockade, coeval, coexistent, coincide, collar, collect, combination, combine, come to, come up to, comforter, commit, communication, compel, comprise, concatenate, concatenation, concomitant, concourse, concurrence, confine, confirm, confluence, congeries, conglobulate, conglomeration, conjoin, conjugate, conjugation, conjunction, connect, connectedness, connection, constancy, constrain, contemporary, contiguity, contrariety, convergence, coordinate, copulate, copulation, cord, correlate, correspond, couple, coupling, cover, cramp, cravat, cross, curb, curtail, custos, dead heat, deadlock, dealings, decoration, deduction, devotedness, devotion, direct, disjunction, distributor, ditto, do up, dog collar, dot, draw, draw a parallel, dress, drive, eagle, elate, emblems, embrace, enchain, encompass, enforce, engage, ensigns, entanglement, entrammel, equal, equality, equate, even, even break, even off, expression mark, fair shake, faith, faithfulness, fasces, fasten, fasten down, fastener, fastening, fealty, fermata, fetter, fidelity, figurehead, filiation, firmness, fit in, fleur-de-lis, force, four-in-hand, fur, gather, gathering, gird, girdle, girt, girth, glue, go-between, good faith, guarantee, guaranty, guimpe, gyve, halt, hammer and sickle, hamper, handcuff, have, heraldry, hinder, hitch, hobble, hog-tie, hold, homage, homology, hookup, hopple, identify, impel, impose on, include, indemnity, insignia, insurance, intercommunication, intercourse, interlinking, intermediary, intermedium, interrelate, intimacy, involvement, jobber, join, joinder, joining, jointure, junction, keep busy, keep pace with, kerchief, key signature, knot, knotted score, knotting, lace, lapel pin, lash, lay together, lead, league, leash, liaison, ligament, ligature, limit, line, link, linkage, linking, livery, loyalty, lump together, mace, make, make fast, make imperative, make incumbent, make secure, make sense, make sure, manacle, mantle, mark, markings, marriage, marry, marshal, mass, match, match up with, mate, measure, measure up, measure up to, medal, mediary, mediator, medium, meet, meeting, merge, merger, merging, metronomic mark, middleman, mobilize, moor, mortarboard, muffler, mutual attraction, nail down, nearness, neck-and-neck race, neckband, neckcloth, neckerchief, neckpiece, necktie, nexus, notation, obligate, oblige, occupy, old school tie, pair, pairing, parallel, parallelize, pause, peg down, photo finish, picket, piece together, pin, pin down, pinion, pledge, plunging neckline, presa, propinquity, proximity, put in irons, put together, rapport, reach, regalia, relate, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship, relativize, require, restrain, restrict, ribbon, ring, rival, rivet, roll into one, rope, rose, ruff, run abreast, run to, saddle with, scarf, school ring, secure, security, segno, shackle, shamrock, shoelace, sigillography, sign, signature, similarity, skull and crossbones, sleeper, slur, solder, span, sphragistics, splice, stack up with, staff, stalemate, standoff, staunchness, steadfastness, stick together, stock, stocks and bonds, stole, stop, straitjacket, strap, string, surety, swaddle, swastika, swathe, swell, symbiosis, symbol, sympathy, take in, take up, tallith, tape, tartan, team up, tempo mark, tether, the same, thistle, thong, tie down, tie in, tie up, tie-in, tie-up, tight-fisted, time signature, tippet, touch, trammel, troth, true blue, trueness, truss, truss up, tucker, unification, uniform, unify, union, unite, use, use force upon, verge, vinculum, wand, warrant, warranty, wed, weld, wholesaler, wire, wrap, wrap up, yoke, yoking


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