Pronunciation Noun

tie (plural ties)

  1. A knot; a fastening.
  2. A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.
  3. A necktie (item of clothing consisting of a strip of cloth tied around the neck). See also bow tie, black tie.
    Synonyms: necktie
  4. The situation in which two or more participants in a competition are placed equally.
    Synonyms: draw
    It's two outs in the bottom of the ninth, tie score.
  5. A twist tie, a piece of wire embedded in paper, strip of plastic with ratchets, or similar object which is wound around something and tightened.
  6. A strong connection between people or groups of people.
    Synonyms: bond
    the sacred ties of friendship or of duty
    the ties of allegiance
    • No distance breaks the tie of blood.
    • 2004, Peter Bondanella, Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos, chapter 4, gbooks :
      The film ends with the colorful deaths of Nico's enemies after he thwarts their attempts to assassinate a U.S. Senator investigating ties between drug dealers and the CIA.
  7. (construction) A structural member firmly holding two pieces together.
    Ties work to maintain structural integrity in windstorms and earthquakes.
  8. (rail transport, US) A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together rails.
    Synonyms: sleeper
  9. (cricket) The situation at the end of all innings of a match where both sides have the same total of runs (different from a draw).
  10. (sports, British) A meeting between two players or teams in a competition.
    The FA Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Cardiff was their first meeting in the competition since 1957.
  11. (music) A curved line connecting two notes of the same pitch denoting that they should be played as a single note with the combined length of both notes.
    Coordinate term: slur#English|slur
  12. (statistics) One or more equal values or sets of equal values in the data set.
  13. (surveying) A bearing and distance between a lot corner or point and a benchmark or iron off site.
  14. (graph theory) A connection between two vertices.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: liaison de prolongation, liaison de tenue
  • Russian: ли́га
  • Spanish: ligadura

tie (ties, present participle tying; past and past participle tied)

  1. (transitive) To twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.
    Tie this rope in a knot for me, please.
    Tie the rope to this tree.
  2. (transitive) To form (a knot or the like) in a string or the like.
    Tie a knot in this rope for me, please.
  3. (transitive) To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by string or the like.
    Tie him to the tree.
    • In bond of virtuous love together tied.
  4. (transitive) To secure (something) by string or the like.
    Tie your shoes.
    • Not tied to rules of policy, you find / Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind.
  5. (transitive or intransitive) To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering.
    They tied for third place.
    They tied the game.
  6. (US, transitive) To have the same score or position as (another) in a competition or ordering.
    He tied me for third place.
  7. (music) To unite (musical notes) with a line or slur in the notation.
  8. (US, dated, colloquial) To believe; to credit.
    • 1929, Collier's (volume 84, page 56)
      […] It seems they have sort of betrothal teas — can you tie it?"
      "Heavens!" said Mary […]
    • 1940, Woman's Home Companion (volume 67, issues 1-4, page 134)
      As the door slammed Pete turned to Hally, fuming. "Can you tie that? A little twopenny cold frightening him off."
  9. (programming, transitive) In the Perl programming language, to extend (a variable) so that standard operations performed upon it invoke custom functionality instead.
    • 2000, Larry Wall, ‎Tom Christiansen, ‎Jon Orwant, Programming Perl: 3rd Edition (page 814)
      So, a class for tying a hash to an ISAM implementation might provide an extra method to traverse a set of keys sequentially (the “S” of ISAM), since your typical DBM implementation can't do that.
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