tie


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tie \Tie\, n.; pl. Ties. [AS. t[=e]ge, t?ge, t[imac]ge.
   [root]64. See Tie, v. t.]
   1. A knot; a fastening.
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   2. A bond; an obligation, moral or legal; as, the sacred ties
      of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance.
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            No distance breaks the tie of blood.  --Young.
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   3. A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig. --Young.
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   4. An equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which
      prevents either party from being victorious; equality in
      any contest, as a race.
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   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.
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   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.
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   7. pl. Low shoes fastened with lacings.
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   Bale tie, a fastening for the ends of a hoop for a bale.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tie \Tie\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied(Obs. Tight); p. pr. &
   vb. n. Tying.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[imac]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.
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            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.
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   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.
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   3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.
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            In bond of virtuous love together tied. --Fairfax.
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   4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as
      by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to
      confine.
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            Not tied to rules of policy, you find
            Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. --Dryden.
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   5. (Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved
      line, or slur, drawn over or under them.
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   6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even
      with.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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