from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To fasten or secure with or as if with a cord, rope, or strap.
  • intransitive verb To fasten by drawing together the parts or sides and knotting with strings or laces.
  • intransitive verb To make by fastening ends or parts.
  • intransitive verb To put a knot or bow in.
  • intransitive verb To confine or restrict as if with cord.
  • intransitive verb To bring together in relationship; connect or unite.
  • intransitive verb To equal (an opponent or an opponent's score) in a contest.
  • intransitive verb To equal an opponent's score in (a contest).
  • intransitive verb Music To join (notes) by a tie.
  • intransitive verb To be fastened or attached.
  • intransitive verb To achieve equal scores in a contest.
  • noun A cord, string, or other means by which something is tied.
  • noun Something that connects or unites; a link.
  • noun A necktie.
  • noun A beam or rod that joins parts and gives support.
  • noun One of the timbers or slabs of concrete laid across a railroad bed to support the rails.
  • noun An equality of scores, votes, or performance in a contest.
  • noun A contest so resulting; a draw.
  • noun Music A curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, indicating that the tone is to be sustained for their combined duration.
  • idiom (tie one on) To become intoxicated; go on a drinking spree.
  • idiom (tie the knot) To get married.
  • idiom (tie the knot) To perform a marriage ceremony.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 13. 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A tick (of a bed).
  • noun A feather-bed.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A cravat, usually a simple one knotted in front; a necktie.
  • noun A knot composed of one or two loops of cord, ribbon, or the like; a looped ornamental knot; a bow.
  • noun Something which binds or unites, in a figurative sense; a bond; an obligation, moral or legal: as, the ties of blood or of friendship.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A mooring-bridle.
  • noun 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:
  • noun 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.
  • noun A weavers' pattern.
  • noun Same as lace, 2.
  • noun plural Low shoes fastened with lacings.
  • To attach or make fast by a band, ribbon, cord, or the like drawn together and knotted; bind.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English teien, from Old English tīgan; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English tīġan, tiegan.

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From Old English tēag, tēah.


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  • JM heard about two silk worms having a race and they ended in a tie.

    May 31, 2011