• WordNet 3.6
    • n tightness lack of movement or room for movement
    • n tightness extreme stinginess
    • n tightness the spatial property of being crowded together
    • n tightness a tight feeling in some part of the body "he felt a constriction in her chest","she felt an alarming tightness in her chest","emotion caused a constriction of his throat"
    • n tightness a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research has indicated that a tie that is on too tight can increase the risk of glaucoma in men
    • n Tightness The quality or condition of being tight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.
    • n tightness The character or quality of being tight, in any sense of that word.
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  • Anais Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A fence should be horse high, hog tight and bull strong.”
  • Proverb
    “Wide will wear, but tight will tear.”
  • Steve Rapson
    Steve Rapson
    “When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.”
  • Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst
    “Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”


In a tight spot - If you're in a tight spot, you're in a difficult situation.
Tight rein - If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.
Tight ship - If you run a tight ship, you control an organization or business firmly to maximise performance.


In literature:

Well, he would close his hand tight upon what was left to him.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
At the end of the round the two ends of cotton are tied tightly together.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
Lay the pork on a square of steak; sprinkle with the seasoning; roll up tightly, and tie.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
She looked at me like that just as I was leaving, and my throat's tight with it yet.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
From the start his faith has been pinned tight to me.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
But she shook her head with tightly compressed lips.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
She drew quickly away from him; freed her arm and turned towards the house with lips tight pressed together.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Her weight on the left stirrup, she threw her arms about him and drew the oil coat tight.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
After selecting the ground, the pegs should be driven into the earth, drawing the string tightly, as seen in our illustration.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
He caught both her hands in his, and held them tight.
"Sunrise" by William Black
For an instant she stood there, holding tightly to him; and then she released herself, stepping back with flushed cheeks and shamed eyes.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The Missioner's teeth were set tight.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
The childish hands met more tightly than before.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
She did not say a word, but looked at him with her lips closed tightly.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Two figures came into his view, locked tightly together, arms flailing.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The sewing should be neither too loose nor too tight.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
The pipes and compressed-air reservoirs should be perfectly tight.
"Gas-Engines and Producer-Gas Plants" by R. E. Mathot
Then a little shiver ran through her, and closing her hands tight she stared at the glass in horror.
"Delilah of the Snows" by Harold Bindloss
Continue the weaving, drawing the weaver tightly, until five rows are woven.
"Practical Basketry" by Anna A. Gill
Sensation as if scalp was drawn tight over skull.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various

In poetry:

"At once a cook, and a captain bold,
And the mate of the NANCY brig,
And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig."
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,
And the mate of the NANCY brig,
And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig!'"
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He spurred the old horse, and he held him tight,
And he leapt him out over the wall;
Out over the cliff, out into the night,
Three hundred feet of fall.
"The Knight's Leap: A Legend of Altenar" by Charles Kingsley
But shoo smiled i' mi face as we went,
An her arm clung moor tightly to mine;
"Aw feel happy," shoo sed, "an content
To know at tha'rt mine an awm thine."
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
"There was me and the cook and the captain bold,
And the mate of the NANCY brig,
And the bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
That was I, you heard last night,
When there rose no moon at all,
Nor, to pierce the strained and tight
Tent of heaven, a planet small:
Life was dead and so was light.
"A Serenade At The Villa" by Robert Browning

In news:

Tight federal budgets will provide the reality check.
Pass-catching tight ends at a premium in NFL draft.
Credit Still Tight By Mike Allen Monday, April 30, 2012.
Blake Griffin swiped an errant pass with the Clippers locked in a tight game with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.
THE PLAY THAT really brought the Detroit Lions back to life, four snaps after Jeremy Maclin gave the Eagles a 23-13 lead, was a 57-yard Matthew Stafford pass to tight end Tony Scheffler.
If you're desperate to unwind, but your budget is tight, head to a traditional Korean spa.
Riverside North coach Mark Paredes said star tight end Marcus Baugh will miss this week's non-league game at Mission Hills Alemany with a concussion.
Senior tight end is 6 feet 4 and 255 pounds after an off-season devoted to putting on muscle and weight, but opponents better not ignore his speed.
North tight end Marcus Baugh committed to Ohio State on Tuesday.
Arabs are a communal group with tight bonds among the generations.
As a kid, Valentine's Day meant busting out the heart-print tights or socks and scrunchies.
Sleep Tight, Don't Let The Doorman Bite: This Everyday Joe Will Have You Reaching for the Dead-Bolt.
Down-payment protection would encourage lenders to ease currently tight credit conditions.
I held on tight, too.
The drill ended on a Smith pass to tight end Delanie Walker on the right side of the end zone.

In science:

Tightness of YN (t) follows from tightness of N −1MN (t) in the sup topology which can be argued by a Kolmogorov-Centsov argument.
On the range, local times and periodicity of random walk on an interval
It follows from the tightness of the Sεk (cid:0)Uhki ) and Lemma B.4 that also the laws of the K(Π)2 -valued random variables Sεk (cid:0)(Uhki , Uhki (Kk )) are tight.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
By Lemma B.4 in the appendix, the tightness of the Sεk (cid:0)Vhki ) implies that also the laws of the K(Π)2 -valued random variables Sεk (cid:0)(Vhki , Vhki (ΣTk )) are tight.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
In particular, for any bounded interval I ⊂ R, (ρt (I ))t≥0 is a tight family of random variables, which implies that (ρt )t≥0 is a tight family of Mloc (R)valued random variables (see e.g. [Res87, Lemma 3.20]).
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
The bounds given there are shown to be almost tight (see [10, Section 4]), whereas the bounds given here (for d = 2) are tight.
On the polygonal diameter of the interior, resp. exterior, of a simple closed polygon in the plane
Given the result on the tightness of {Wn}n≥1 , one can easily deduce that the pair {(Wn , B n )}n≥1 is tight.
Snake representation of a superprocess in random environment
We will first prove the tightness of the sequence of processes {Wn}n≥1 , based on the tightness of the contour process established in Section 3.
Snake representation of a superprocess in random environment
C -tightness of { ˜ℓn,·}n≥1 in DMF [0, ∞), it is sufficient to prove the tightness of { ˜ℓn,·t }n≥1 for each fixed t.
Snake representation of a superprocess in random environment
We observe that tightness can be achieved equally well in complete and incomplete information settings and give a sufficient condition.2 Complementary to tightness is a property we call totality, which requires all equilibria of the original mechanism to be preserved.
Simplicity-Expressiveness Tradeoffs in Mechanism Design
More formally, simplification ˆM will be called tight if every equilibrium of ˆM is an equilibrium of M .5 Tightness ensures that the simplified mechanism is at least as good as the original one with respect to the worst outcome obtained in any equilibrium.
Simplicity-Expressiveness Tradeoffs in Mechanism Design
While finite tight frames generalize orthonormal bases by allowing redundancy, independent, uniformly distributed points on the sphere approximately form a finite unit norm tight frame (FUNTF).
Random Tight Frames
In the present paper, we develop probabilistic versions of tight frames and FUNTFs to significantly weaken the requirements on the random choice of points to obtain an approximate finite tight frame.
Random Tight Frames
After observing that the uniform distribution on the sphere is a probabilistic unit norm tight frame, we extend the results about the random choice of n points on the sphere as follows: in comparison to , we are not limited to the uniform distribution and allow for any probabilistic tight frame.
Random Tight Frames
If all elements of a finite tight frame have unit norm, we call them a finite unit norm tight frame (FUNTF) for Rd .
Random Tight Frames
The probability measure µ is called a probabilistic unit norm tight frame for Rd if it is a probabilistic tight frame with K = S d−1 .
Random Tight Frames