untie

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v untie undo the ties of "They untied the prisoner"
    • v untie cause to become loose "undo the shoelace","untie the knot","loosen the necktie"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression "Tying the Knot" comes from an old Roman custom where the brides clothes were tied up all in knots and the groom was supposed to untie the knots
    • v. i Untie To become untied or loosed.
    • Untie To free from fastening or from restraint; to let loose; to unbind. "Though you untie the winds, and let them fight
      Against the churches."
      "All the evils of an untied tongue we put upon the accounts of drunkenness."
    • Untie To loosen, as something interlaced or knotted; to disengage the parts of; as, to untie a knot. "Sacharissa's captive fain
      Would untie his iron chain."
      "Her snakes untied , sulphurous waters drink."
    • Untie To resolve; to unfold; to clear. "They quicken sloth, perplexities untie ."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Untie un-tī′ to loose from being tied: to unbind: to loosen
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. untȳgan,. See 1st Un-, and Tie (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

Then he began to untie the bonds that held its legs together.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
I'll untie yours, but you're not going to untie mine with your teeth.
"Boy Scouts in Southern Waters" by G. Harvey Ralphson
After giving me what they conceived to be a decent smoking, I was untied and again set to work.
"The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave" by William Wells Brown
Before reaching his destination, John managed to untie his hands and feet and flee to the woods.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
With trembling fingers she hurriedly untied the blue ribbon.
"Polly of the Hospital Staff" by Emma C. Dowd
Immediately the snaky tail untied its knot.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
Untie that sash from your waist.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In a moment or two he had untied his boat from the little quay, and was pulling down towards Troy Town.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
She began untying the bonnet strings.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She untied the gold beads on her neck, and fastened them around Ann's.
"The Adventures of Ann" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He untied his horse, sprang into the saddle and set out for the ranch.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
You can untie the landing boat, except for one line.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Cautiously I untied my ankle string, rose in my pajamas, stepped into my slippers, and walked out through the moonlight.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
Untie it and bring it here.
"The King Nobody Wanted" by Norman F. Langford
Nora is curling Clarissa's hair with the poker, and somebody's untied the goat.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Ted untied the string, and took one letter from the pack and opened it.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
It seems up to you to untie him.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers" by Jessie Graham Flower
At this, the girl's father told her that she must stop, and so she very dolefully let Menendez untie the line.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
Hearing the restless whinny of the horses, we stopped to untie them.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Then you will untie yourself, and I can let him down.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

"To the side
Of the room
Hasten, broom,
As of old!
Spirits I have ne'er untied
Save to act as they are told."
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As he his nabadi untied,
The stranger uttered not a word;
His face a kabalakhi hid;
And chuckling laughter soft was heard.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Agreed: Secure my Virgin Heart:
Instant give up thy Bow and Dart:
The Chain I'll in Return unty;
And freely Thou again shalt fly.
"Love Disarmed" by Matthew Prior
The winning officers were gay,
And in small triumph led the way;
She follow'd, but in anguish cried,
"O that the knot could be untied!"
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
There was a Young Lady whose bonnet,
Came untied when the birds sate upon it;
But she said: 'I don't care!
All the birds in the air
Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!'
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady Whose Bonnet" by Edward Lear
And when thy darkling labours fail,
And thy shuttle moveless lies,
My world will drop, like untied veil
From before a lady's eyes;
Or, all night read, a finished tale
That in the morning dies.
"My Heart" by George MacDonald

In news:

Localities hope the decision unties funds.
An oracle told Alexander the Great that whoever could untie it would master Asia.
After months of talks, negotiators from the Untied States and China appear to be nowhere near a resolution on the subject of textiles trade levels.
Will Billau of Brentwood, from Golden Hills Church, unties his load of cases containing care packages as he drops off boxes at Antioch Church on the Rock in Antioch, Calif, on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.
Tax-reform panel aims to untie DC code's 'knot.
Learning how to untie the 'awe' factor.
Wolves tie it up but Braves untie it.
Jefferson County voters accidentally asked to pick president of ' Untied ' States.
Jefferson County residents will cast their ballots this year for the leaders of the " Untied " States.
PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County voters are casting their ballots for "President/Vice President of the Untied States.".
Keith Johnson, Flying Untied .
Untying a Birth Mother's Hands.
Untying the knots of justice.
Citizens United v Citizens Untied from their jobs.
My wife begins untying her shoes.
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In science:

We look at the coordinate transformations on the horizon which are similar to those of the Newman-Unti or BMS group.
Gravitational radiation of generic isolated horizons
It is similar with the asymptotic symmetric group (the so called BMS group or Newman-Unti group) near null infinity.
Gravitational radiation of generic isolated horizons
We repea t subgroup reduction unti l we have determined entire ly d and aga in we need on ly O(log∣G ∣) reduction steps.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
Repeating the untying we move through (c) and (d) until we reach separated links in (e) or the identity permutation.
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
If om is attached to a node of degree 4 whose opposite edge ends in a leaf, untie the node.
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
Reversing the untying of the nodes, we obtain a factorization of σn in terms of transpositions, which represents the original diagram.
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
Such a factorization is called ‘primitive’ and its depth d is the number of nodes untied at step 2, each of which removes two links and one encounter.
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
FIG. 4. (Color online) The top node in (a) may move into the outgoing lead which, by untying, we can represent as the permutation (1234)(124)=(1342) and the boundary walk in (b).
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
Instead, we consider the encounters in the leads as being already untied.
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
The cancellation procedure remains the same, but now it is also possible to untie nodes which have an ij leaf opposite om , which we represent by multiplication on the right by (¯j m) and on the left by ( ¯m j ) [untying oj and om also multiplies by ( ¯m ¯j ) on the left in addition to (j m) on the right].
Universality in chaotic quantum transport: The concordance between random matrix and semiclassical theories
If we untie e1 from v1 and ek from v2 , we obtain 3 connected components: the one containing P is called the middle-part τ ′ of τ ; the edges e1 and ek are called respectively the first end and the second end of τ ′ in τ .
A simple formula for the series of bipartite and quasi-bipartite maps with boundaries
If we untie r from the rest of γ , then w′ now just acts as a marked white vertex in γ , so the pair (γ , r) is in R′ × R.
A simple formula for the series of bipartite and quasi-bipartite maps with boundaries
If we discard these samples, then the E3 error rate for the untied model would drop from 14.29% to 12.19%. A sparser lexicon entails a more complex mapping between underlying forms and surface forms.
Learning string edit distance
They are included as separate paragraphs, and most often the answer is given. I have left many loose ends untied.
A Modern Introduction to Quarkonium Theory
Alfvénic Nature of the Turbulence The presence of Alfvén waves in the solar wind was reported already the early works of Unti & Neugebauer (1968) and Belcher & Davis (1971).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
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