Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tie \Tie\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied(Obs. Tight); p. pr. & vb. n. Tying.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[=i]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.]
To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. ``Tie the kine to the cart.''
--1 Sam. vi. 7.
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.
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.''
To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.
In bond of virtuous love together tied.
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.
(Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them.
To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. To ride and tie. See under Ride. To tie down.
To fasten so as to prevent from rising.
To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.
To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action.
Tight \Tight\ (t[imac]t), obs.
p. p. of Tie.
Tight \Tight\, v. t. To tighten. [Obs.]
Tight \Tight\, a. [Compar. Tighter (t[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Tightest.] [OE. tight, thiht; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]ttr, Dan. t[ae]t, Sw. t["a]t: akin to D. & G. dicht thick, tight, and perhaps to E. thee to thrive, or to thick. Cf. Taut.]
Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open; as, tight cloth; a tight knot.
Close, so as not to admit the passage of a liquid or other fluid; not leaky; as, a tight ship; a tight cask; a tight room; -- often used in this sense as the second member of a compound; as, water-tight; air-tight.
Fitting close, or too close, to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment.
Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.
Clad very plain, but clean and tight.
I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.
Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings. [Colloq.]
Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.
Handy; adroit; brisk. [Obs.]
Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy. [Slang]
(Com.) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.
adj. closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest" [ant: loose]
pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead"; "a tight rope" [syn: taut]
set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration; "in tight formation"; "a tight blockade"
pressed tightly together; "with lips compressed" [syn: compressed]
affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow; "tight money"; "a tight market"
of such close construction as to be impermeable; "a tight roof"; "warm in our tight little house" [ant: leaky]
of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave" [syn: close]
securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid; "the bolts are tight"
(of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game" [syn: close]
very drunk [syn: besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked, cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, potty, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tiddly, tiddley, tipsy, wet]
exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent; "a nasty problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation" [syn: nasty]
packed closely together; "the stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight"
Tight may refer to:
Tight (INXS song)
"Tight" is the only single released from The Best of INXS album by INXS. The song was written by Andrew Farriss and recorded by the band during the sessions for Welcome to Wherever You Are in 1992.
Tight is the debut album by the American rock band Mindless Self Indulgence. The album was originally released on April 20, 1999 through Uppity Cracker Recording Group. After having been out of print for many years, the album was reissued as Tighter on April 26, 2011 through The End Records. The reissue features updated artwork and packaging, 12 previously unreleased tracks, and a bonus DVD.
The song " Bring the Pain" is a cover of a Method Man song from his album Tical. The song "Bite Your Rhymes" references lyrics from Vanilla Ice's " Ice Ice Baby". There is a hidden track, "JX-47", where guitarist Steve plays acoustic guitar and sings nonsensical lyrics. The tracks "Mindless Self Indulgence" and "Ecnegludni Fles Sseldnim" are messages from the band's answering machine. They both concern getting the band booked for a live show, but both times the caller (Octavio 9) couldn't remember the band's name.
On April 20, 2008, the band posted "Tight", in its entirety, on their MySpace page in honor of its ninth year from the original release.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1400, tyght "dense, close, compact," from Middle English thight, from Old Norse þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," and also from Old English -þiht (compare second element in meteþiht "stout from eating"), both from Proto-Germanic *thinhta- (cognates: Middle High German dihte "dense, thick," German dicht "dense, tight," Old High German gidigan, German gediegen "genuine, solid, worthy"), from PIE root *tenk- (2) "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (cognates: Irish techt "curdled, coagulated," Lithuanian tankus "close, tight," Persian tang "tight," Sanskrit tanakti "draws together, contracts").\n
\nSense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1570s; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, American English; that of "drunk" is from 1830. Of persons, "close, intimate, sympathetic" from 1956. From 1670s as an adverb; to sit tight is from 1738; sleep tight as a salutation in sending someone off to bed is by 187
Related: Tightly; tightness. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the literal and figurative senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 187
1 Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open. 2 Fitting close, or too close, to the body. 3 Of a space, etc, narrow, so that it is difficult for something or someone to pass through it. 4 Of a turn, sharp, so that the timeframe for making it is narrow and following it is difficult. 5 Under high tension. adv. 1 Firmly, so as not to come loose easily. 2 Soundly. v
(context obsolete English) To tighten.
Usage examples of "tight".
The Abies girl was lying there dead and stinking and his face got tight, then he made a little fist as though he was going to yell.
Then, very slowly, very gently, he gathered myself and Achates in his arms, and held us tight.
Also remember to keep your profit margins as tight as possible because, as in infomercial advertising, the markup must be high for the TV shopping channel to make money.
His chest was hot and tight, his eyes were afire with the sight of her and his hands ached to touch her splendid face.
Without stopping to shut the hatch Sai climbed through and ran along the tight tunnel leading to the aft compartment, and felt the deck tilt as the ship turned at high speed.
Ali Aga caught it, held it tight in his fist as if it were a bird which might fly away, and bent down to kiss the lavish hand.
Keir grabbed the aiglets and held them tight until they fleshed out into hands once again.
But Rae had lived through the inverted version of Alameda, and the closer she got to the old neighborhood, the tighter she clenched her jaw.
Pacino pulled himself to his feet and followed Alameda through the tight passageway aft to the hatch they had come in from, then back to the original airlock and into the next compartment aft.
The Amar were uneasy, moving about constantly, talking in low short bursts, mothers stroking their infants in the birth slings that kept the unformed hatchlings tight against the skin.
In the clearing around the Twins many of the Amar were already asleep, rolled tight into their sleeping leathers, their heads covered, their toes naked to the darkening night.
My first experiences in Egypt, pursuing mummies and climbing up and down cliffs, had convinced me that trailing skirts and tight corsets were a confounded nuisance in that ambience For many years my working costume had consisted of pith helmet and shirtwaist, boots, and Turkish trousers, or bloomers.
The main company of the expedition wanted to sit tight with the tents and weather it out, but Angekok insisted that we would be better off tramping blindly through the snow.
I kept a firm hold on the aquamanile as Drake pulled me tighter against him.
The uniform was as archaistic as tights and a doublet, and much more uncomfortable.