Definitions for: Tie


[n] a fastener that serves to join or link; "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction"
[n] 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"
[n] a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied; "he needed a tie for the packages"
[n] a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating; "he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam"
[n] one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"
[n] (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] equality of score in a contest
[v] form a knot or bow in; "tie a necktie"
[v] limit or restrict to; "I am tied to UNIX"; "These big jets are tied to large airports"
[v] finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie"
[v] make by tying pieces together; "The fishermen tied their flies"
[v] To fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair"
[v] connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms"
[v] unite musical notes by a tie
[v] perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
[v] create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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

Synonyms: affiliation, association, attach, bind, bind, bond, connect, crosstie, draw, draw, link, link, link up, linkup, marry, necktie, railroad tie, sleeper, splice, standoff, tie beam, tie-in, tie-up, wed

Antonyms: disconnect, unbrace, unlace, untie

See Also: attach, band, beam, befriend, bind off, bola, bola tie, bolo, bolo tie, bond, bound, bow tie, brace, bracing, bridge, bridge, bridge over, bring together, confine, conjoin, cord, cord, daisy-chain, dead heat, deuce, draw together, drawing string, drawstring, equal, equalise, equality, equalize, equate, equation, equivalence, fashion, fasten, fastener, fastening, finish, fix, fixate, fixing, forge, form, four-in-hand, ground, hang together, holdfast, interconnect, interdepend, interlink, join, knot, lace, lace up, lash, lash together, leash, limit, loop, match, neckwear, nosepiece, officiate, old school tie, par, play, put through, railroad, railroad track, railway, relate, relationship, restrain, restrict, retie, rope, secure, shape, slur, solemnise, solemnize, stalemate, strap, string, string tie, tee, throttle, tie, tie down, tie up, trammel, truss, Windsor tie

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