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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Tie \Tie\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied(Obs. Tight); p. pr. &
vb. n. Tying.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[imac]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.
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. --Fairfax.
4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as
by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to
Not tied to rules of policy, you find
Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. --Dryden.
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
To ride and tie. See under Ride.
To tie down.
(a) To fasten so as to prevent from rising.
(b) To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.
To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion
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