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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.]

  1. 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.

  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.

  3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.

    In bond of virtuous love together tied.

  4. 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.

  5. (Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them.

  6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. To ride and tie. See under Ride. To tie down.

    1. To fasten so as to prevent from rising.

    2. To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.

      To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action.

  1. 1 connect. 2 (rfdef lang=en bound ?) 3 (context sports English) That resulted in a tie. v

  2. (en-past of: tie)

  1. adj. bound or secured closely; "the guard was found trussed up with his arms and legs securely tied"; "a trussed chicken" [syn: trussed]

  2. bound together by or as if by a strong rope; especially as by a bond of affection; "people tied by blood or marriage"

  3. fastened with strings or cords; "a neatly tied bundle" [syn: fastened] [ant: untied]

  4. closed with a lace; "snugly laced shoes" [syn: laced] [ant: unlaced]

  5. of the score in a contest; "the score is tied" [syn: tied(p), even, level(p)]

Usage examples of "tied".

Next was a dark-skinned woman with large, alert eyes, a red bead tied to one lock of hair on her forehead, and a broad smile that suggested that every minute of every day she was thrilled to be alive.

She felt her breathing relax, as though a belt tied across her rib cage had been suddenly loosened.

Ayla tied the restraining rope on the young wolf, who was if anything even more interested than they were.

Jondalar, at his exceptionally tall, muscular body, at his long, straight, yellow hair tied back with a thong at the nape of his neck, at his fine, well-made features.

In case of strong winds, the ground cloth could be tied to the cover tarp with additional ropes, and the entrance flap could be fastened down securely.

She folded the large envelope of stiff leather together, tied it with sturdy cords, and suspended it from the center of a tripod of long poles, to keep it out of the reach of night prowlers.

She tied it tighter the next time, but worried that it would choke him if it was too tight.

Ayla grabbed the poles and set them around the inside of the brush pocket, then helped spread the skins of the tent, still tied to the ground cover, over them.

They untied the swollen knots that still tied the ground cover to the upper shaped part of the tent and, each taking an end and twisting in opposite directions, tried to wring the pieces out.

Shaping and smoothing them took most of the next couple of days, even with the special tools he had with him, carried in a roll of leather tied with thongs.

The horses whinnied in panic, swallowing mouthfuls of water, and tried desperately to swim away, but the relentless current pulling the boat to which they were tied inexorably pulled them along.

She replaced it with a rolled piece of soft leather, similar to the one Jondalar wore, bound across her forehead and tied in the back, to absorb the moisture that dripped from her forehead.

Ayla combed out her hair, tied it back with a piece of soft leather thong, and put on the clean tunic and short pants she had been keeping aside in case they met some people, so she would not have to wear her stained traveling clothes for visiting.

Then she tucked her sling through it, and she finally tied on the pouch that held stones for her sling.

Something felt dry and caked on the side of his face, but when he attempted to reach up and find out what it was, he discovered that his hands were tied together behind his back.