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Meaning of tie by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /taɪ/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
    • Homophone: Thai, Ty

    Etymology 1

    From Old English tēag, tēah .

    A tie in the musical sense.


    tie ( plural: ties )

    1. A necktie ( item of clothing consisting of a strip of cloth tied around the neck ). See also bow tie, black tie .
    2. The situation in which one or more participants in a competition are placed equally .
    3. A piece of wire embedded in paper, strip of plastic with ratchets, or similar object which is wound around something and tightened .
    4. A strong connection between people or groups of people, a bond .
    5. ( cricket ) The situation at the end of all innings of a match where both sides have the same total of runs ( different to a draw ) .
    6. ( sports, UK ) A meeting between two players or teams in a competition .
      The FA Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Cardiff was their first meeting in the competition since 1957 .
    7. ( music ) A curved line connecting two notes of the same pitch denoting that they should be played as a single note with the combined length of both notes .
    8. ( statistics ) One or more equal values or sets of equal values in the data set .
    9. ( surveying ) A bearing and distance between a lot corner or point and a benchmark or iron off site .
    10. ( rail transport, US ) A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together railway lines .
    Usage notes

    Etymology 2

    From Old English tīġan, tiegan .


    to tie ( third-person singular simple present ties present participle tying or tieing, simple past and past participle tied )

    1. ( transitive ) To twist ( a string, rope, or the like ) around itself securely .
      Tie this rope in a knot for me, please .
      Tie the rope to this tree .
    2. ( transitive ) To form ( a knot or the like ) in a string or the like .
      Tie a knot in this rope for me, please .
    3. ( transitive ) To attach or fasten ( one thing to another ) by string or the like .
      Tie him to the tree .
    4. ( transitive ) To secure ( something ) by string or the like .
      Tie your shoes .
    5. ( intransitive ) To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering .
      They tied for third place .
    6. ( transitive ) To have the same score or position as ( another ) in a competition or ordering .
      He tied me for third place .
    • fasten
    Derived terms


    • EIT,
    • ETI

Explanation of tie by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. form a knot or bow in

    2. tie a necktie
    3. limit or restrict to

    4. I am tied to UNIX
      These big jets are tied to large airports
    5. finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc .

    6. The teams drew a tie
    7. fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

    8. They tied their victim to the chair
    9. connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

    10. tie the ropes together
    11. unite musical notes by a tie

    12. make by tying pieces together

    13. The fishermen tied their flies
    14. perform a marriage ceremony

    15. create social or emotional ties

    1. a fastener that serves to join or connect

    2. neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn ( mostly by men ) under a collar and tied in knot at the front

    3. he stood in front of the mirror tightening his necktie
      he wore a vest and tie
    4. a cord ( or string or ribbon or wire etc. ) with which something is tied

    5. he needed a tie for the packages
    6. a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating

    7. he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam
    8. one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track

    9. the British call a railroad tie a sleeper
    10. a slur over two notes of the same pitch

    11. the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided

    12. their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie
    13. a social or business relationship

    14. he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team
    15. equality of score in a contest

    Definition of tie by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Tie n.; pl. Ties [AS. tēge, tge, tīge. √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.

    2. Tie, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied ( Obs. Tight ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tying] [OE. tien, teyen, AS. tīgan, tiégan, fr. teág, teáh, a rope; akin to Icel. taug, and AS. teón 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. To fasten so as to prevent from rising. To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action. -- To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action.

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