From Middle English tei, teie, from Old English tēag, tēah, from Proto-Germanic *taugō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dewk-. Compare Danish tov, Icelandic taug.
tie (plural ties)
- A knot; a fastening.
- A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.
- A necktie (item of clothing consisting of a strip of cloth tied around the neck). See also bow tie, black tie.
- The situation in which two or more participants in a competition are placed equally.
- 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.
- A strong connection between people or groups of people.
- (construction) A structural member firmly holding two pieces together.
- (rail transport, US) A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together rails.
- (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).
- (sports, Britain) A meeting between two players or teams in a competition.
- (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.
- (statistics) One or more equal values or sets of equal values in the data set.
- (surveying) A bearing and distance between a lot corner or point and a benchmark or iron off site.
- (graph theory) A connection between two vertices.
From Middle English teien, teiȝen, from Old English tīġan, tīeġan, from Proto-Germanic *taugijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to tug, draw”). Cognate with Icelandic teygja.
tie (third-person singular simple present ties, present participle tying, simple past and past participle tied)
- (transitive) To twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.
- (transitive) To form (a knot or the like) in a string or the like.
- (transitive) To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by string or the like.
- (transitive) To secure (something) by string or the like.
- (transitive or intransitive) To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering.
- (US, transitive) To have the same score or position as (another) in a competition or ordering.
- (music) To unite (musical notes) with a line or slur in the notation.
- (US, dated, colloquial) To believe; to credit.