1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. "Tie the kine to the cart." "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."
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." (Dryden)
6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. To ride and tie. See 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.
Origin: OE. Tien, teyen, AS. Tigan, tiegan, fr. Teag, teah, a rope; akin to Icel. Taug, and AS. Teon to draw, to pull. See Tug, and cf. Tow to drag.
Origin: AS. Tege, tge, tige. 64. See Tie.
1. A knot; a fastening.
6. 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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