• WordNet 3.6
    • v tie form a knot or bow in "tie a necktie"
    • v tie limit or restrict to "I am tied to UNIX","These big jets are tied to large airports"
    • v tie finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc. "The teams drew a tie"
    • v tie fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord "They tied their victim to the chair"
    • v tie connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?","Tie the ropes together","Link arms"
    • v tie unite musical notes by a tie
    • v tie make by tying pieces together "The fishermen tied their flies"
    • v tie perform a marriage ceremony "The minister married us on Saturday","We were wed the following week","The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
    • v tie create social or emotional ties "The grandparents want to bond with the child"
    • n tie a fastener that serves to join or connect "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction"
    • n tie 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 tie a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied "he needed a tie for the packages"
    • n tie 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 tie one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"
    • n tie (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
    • n tie 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 tie 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 tie equality of score in a contest
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The Tie Hitch The Tie Hitch
"You could tie a knot  on your tail "You could tie a knot on your tail
Further evidence of Gissibl's tie-up with the People's Bund for Germans Living Abroad Further evidence of Gissibl's tie-up with the People's Bund for Germans Living Abroad

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than $1 billion is spent each year on neck ties in the United States
    • Tie (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.
    • Tie 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."
    • Tie A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.
    • Tie A knot; a fastening.
    • Tie (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.
    • Tie An equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which prevents either party from being victorious; equality in any contest, as a race.
    • Tie Low shoes fastened with lacings.
    • Tie 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."
    • Tie 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."
    • Tie 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."
    • v. i Tie To make a tie; to make an equal score.
    • Tie To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with.
    • Tie To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold. "In bond of virtuous love together tied ."
    • Tie (Mus) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1982, Larry Walters tied 24 weather balloons to his lawn chair in Los Angeles and climbed to an altitude of 16,000 feet
    • n tie The binding down of the skin over the backs of fat cattle by connective-tissue fibers which pass through the thick fatty layer from the subcutaneous tissue.
    • n tie In mining, a support in tension for the roof or hanging-wall of a mine. It is usually attached to the braced structure of a rib.
    • tie To attach or make fast by a band, ribbon, cord, or the like drawn together and knotted; bind.
    • tie To fasten by looping or knotting: as, to tie a ribbon on one's arm; hence, to fasten as if tied.
    • tie To fasten by tightening and knotting the strings of: as, to tie a shoe or a bonnet.
    • tie To form by looping and interlacing; knit: as, to tie a knot.
    • tie To bind or unite securely; specifically, to unite in marriage (colloq. in this use).
    • tie To bind, restrict, limit, or confine: hold or restrain, as by authority or moral influence.
    • tie In building, to bind together two bodies by means of a piece of timber or metal. See tie, n., 5.
    • tie In music, to unite or bind, as notes, by a tie. See tie, n., 8.
    • tie To supply with ties or sleepers, as the road-bed of a railway.
    • tie To make the same score as; equal in a score or contest: as, A tied B at checkers.
    • tie In surgery, to secure (a vein or an artery) with a ligature, so as to prevent loss of blood in case the vessel has been ruptured or severed, or to check the flow of blood through it in some special circumstances; ligate.
    • tie To restrain; confine; hinder from action.
    • tie To wrap up; protect with wrappings.
    • tie To confine; restrain; hamper in or hinder from motion or action.
    • tie To place or invest in such a way as to render unavailable: as, to have one's money tied up in real estate.
    • tie To give, devise, or bequeath in such a way and under such conditions as to prevent sale, or alienation from the person or purpose intended: as, to tic up an estate.
    • tie To make a tie with another or others in some contest; score the same number of points, runs, or the like.
    • n tie A band; rope; chain; a cord or other flexible thing used to fasten or bind, especially by knotting or looping; a fastening: as, cotton-ties (for binding bales of cotton); specifically, the ribbon or similar fastening used for the queue or pigtail, whether of the wig or of the natural hair.
    • n tie A cravat, usually a simple one knotted in front; a necktie.
    • n tie A knot composed of one or two loops of cord, ribbon, or the like; a looped ornamental knot; a bow.
    • n tie Something which binds or unites, in a figurative sense; a bond; an obligation, moral or legal: as, the ties of blood or of friendship.
    • n tie In construction, any rod or beam serving to counteract a pulling or tensile strain, to hold the parts together, to equalize opposing thrusts, or to transfer strains from one part of a structure to another. It is used, for instance, in bridges, to fasten the parts together and resist strains of tension; and in roofs, to take the thrust from a pair of rafters, and, by opposing one to the other, to prevent the roof from spreading. It is opposed to a strut, or a member serving to hold different members of a structure apart. See cuts under car-truck, king-post, and pilework.
    • n tie On railroads, one of a series of beams, commonly of wood, laid on a permanent way and bedded in the ballast, on which are laid the rails to form the track. These ties are sometimes made of iron or stone, and in a variety of forms. Also called sleeper or cross-sleeper.
    • n tie Nautical: That part of the topsail- or topgallant-halyards which is fast to the yard and passes through a sheave-hole in the mast or through a tie-block at the masthead.
    • n tie A mooring-bridle.
    • n tie In musical notation, a curve above or below two notes on the same degree which are to be performed continuously, as if but one; a bind or ligature. The following are examples: Ties are used especially to connect notes that lie in different measures, or which it is rhythmically important to keep separate to the eye. They are not to be confused with slurs.
    • n tie A state of equality among competing or opposed parties, as when two candidates receive an equal number of votes, rival marksmen score a like number of points, or two or more racers reach the winning-post at the same time, so that neither party can be declared victorious; a contest in which two or more competitors are equally successful.
    • n tie A weavers' pattern.
    • n tie Same as lace, 2.
    • n tie plural Low shoes fastened with lacings.
    • n tie A tick (of a bed).
    • n tie A feather-bed.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elton John and The Beach Boys are tied for the record for the longest gap between number one hit singles in the United States. Both waited 21 years, 11 months.
    • v.t Tie to bind: to fasten with a cord: to unite: to constrain:
    • v.i Tie to make an exactly equal number of points with:—pr.p. ty′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. tied (tīd)
    • n Tie a knot, bow, &c.: a bond: something for tying: a necktie: a member fastening parts together, one of a set of timbers laid crosswise: an equality in numbers, as of votes, or of points in a game:
    • v.t Tie (mus.) to unite notes with a tie: to score equally with: to bind with a ligature
    • n Tie (mus.) a curved line drawn over two or more notes on the same degree of the stave, signifying that the second note is not to be sounded separately, but is to sustain the first
    • ***


  • William Shakespeare
    “Art made tongue-tied by authority.”
  • Jack Kerouac
    Jack Kerouac
    “All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”
  • George Eliot
    “I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.”
  • Tony Bennett
    Tony Bennett
    “I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.”


Fit to be tied - If someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
My hands are tied - If your hands are tied, you are unable to act for some reason.
Tie the knot - When people tie the knot, they get married.
Tied to your mother's apron strings - Describes a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he (or she) cannot do anything on his (or her) own.
Tongue-tied - If someone is tongue-tied, they are speechless or cannot say what they want, often through shyness or embarrassment.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

They were martyred by being tied to posts, and having their feet pierced with nails.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Then he began to tie it, shoving Aleck again as he did so.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Lariats were tied together, and a line was made long enough to reach the bottom of the chasm.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
He is then tied firmly to the chair with thongs.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The poor man had been wretchedly ill from the moment he left Dover until the vessel was tied to her berth in the harbour at Calais.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
After this he re-tied his sash, and placed the sombrero firmly on his head.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
They tied a stone to her feet and sank her in the yellow pond.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
I wonder how Mrs. Grinnell happened to give me a hair-ribbon when she knows that my hair ain't long enough to tie back.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
An unfamiliar feeling of oppression tied his tongue.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
The Japanese think the tie to one's father the most sacred.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner

In poetry:

When the tie was cut asunder,
That had bound me to a home,
And I felt the desolation
Of being in the world alone;
"The Orphan's Good-Bye" by Nora Pembroke
Blest in Union's holy ties,
Let our grateful song arise,
Every voice its tribute lend,
All in loving chorus blend!
"Hail, Columbia!" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Yet all the pure and holy ties
Thus round thy being wove,
They are not lost, they are not dead,
They have a life above.
"Miss Frances Wyman Tracy," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Says he, "I’ll tie this vessel up
And rest about a week;
I need a rest," and ‘t was just then
He heard an awful shriek.
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
"The hours are full of knots," he said,
"Untie them if you can.
In vain I've tried, for Time and Tied
Wait not for any man."
"The Dutiful Mariner" by Wallace Irwin
X. And now since that sweet day some years have flown by,
And some golden hours of those years have been mine;
But each year as it fled never twisted one tie ,
Round my heart, like that tie which first bound it to thine.
"To Mrs. Lefanue" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Hard Hat & Black Tie October 2012.
Amistad Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Black-Tie Gala.
Black Tie at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Black Tie And Bridal Lace.
In its 11th year, Coaches vs Cancer goes from black-tie gala to hosting one of the top performers in comedy.
This is a dress made for a black-tie wedding.
Black Tie , The Tie That Binds.
Florida Rep walks down the aisle to laughs with wedding comedy ' Black Tie ' VIDEOS.
The Black Tie & Boots Gala to benefit The Timothy Hill Childrens Ranch.
It's the Black Tie or Not Bal going down Saturday, March 10th and trust me, you don't have to wear black tie .
Black Tie … Or Not… Benefit Ball.
Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate 2012.
YSB's ' Black Tie /Blue Jeans' night is Sept 30th.
Join the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau in celebrating 35 years to the community at " Black Tie to Blue Jean Night" next Friday, Sept 30.
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Cleavage-Baring Style Streak: Black Tie Babe.

In science:

This point of view ties into recent developments in noncommutative geometry, and we will discuss it again briefly in Section VIII.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Eisenberg, B., Stengle, G., Strang, G., The asymptotic probability of a tie for first place, Ann.
Expected number of distinct part sizes in a random integer composition
Weak ties help connect two or more strongly connected components.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
HV (φ)] Yx∈V In the one-dimensional case d = 1, PV is the law of a tied down random walk: Let ξi , i ≥ 1, be i.i.d. random variables with the density const ×e−U (x) .
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
The positive tangent is essentially tied to the randomness of the sequence.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces