The mountings onto which railroad tracks are secured at regular intervals to provide a foundation and guide. Traditionaly made of wood soaked in some type oil(?) to preserve it, though steel reinforced concrete ties are becoming more prevalent. I swear they are spaced at some wierd and perfect interval which is guarantee to make them impossible to walk on with a regular stride and pace.

In music notation, a tie is a curved line which connects two notes of the same pitch on different sides of a bar-line, joining them into a single note. For instance, two quarter notes joined by a tie would be equivalent to a single half note. A tie resembles a parenthesis tipped on its side.

A tie looks something like this on the staff:

    /\                        /     \                     
---| /--------------------------|------------------|-------
   |/                        *  |   *              |       
  /|     4         *   |    |   |  |   |    *      |       
|  |  |  4   |    |    |    |   |  |   |   |   |   |        
 \ |  |      |    |             |          |   |   |       

Tie (?), n.; pl. Ties (#). [AS. t�xc7;ge, tge, tige. 64. See Tie, v. t.]


A knot; a fastening.


A bond; an obligation, moral or legal; as, the sacred ties of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance.

No distance breaks the tie of blood. Young.


A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.



An equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which prevents either party from being victorious; equality in any contest, as a race.

5. Arch. & Engin.

A beam or rod for holding two parts together; in railways, one of the transverse timbers which support the track and keep it in place.

6. Mus.

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.

7. pl.

Low shoes fastened with lacings.

Bale tie, a fastening for the ends of a hoop for a bale.


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Tie, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied (?) (Obs. Tight ()); p. pr. & vb. n. Tying (?).] [OE. tien, teyen, AS. tigan, ti'egan, fr. te�xa0;g, te�xa0;h, a rope; akin to Icel. taug, and AS. teon to draw, to pull. See Tug, v. t., and cf. Tow to drag.]


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.


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.


To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.

In bond of virtuous love together tied. Fairfax.


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.

5. Mus.

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


To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with.

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 or action.


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Tie, v. i.

To make a tie; to make an equal score.


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