General English


  • noun a basic structural member which is designed to withstand mainly tensile loads


  • A member or device that keeps two separate parts together, i.e., tie beam.
  • loop of reinforcing bars encircling the longitudinal steel in columns.
  • A tensile unit adapted to holding concrete forms secure against the lateral pressure of unhardened concrete, with or without provision for spacing the forms a definite distance apart, and with or without provision for removal of metal to a specified distance from the finished concrete surface.


  • noun in modern usage, the result of a match that ends with the scores exactly level, provided that the side batting last has completed its innings (Law 21 § 4); before 1948, the term encompassed any games ending with the scores level, including those in which the team batting last had not lost all its wickets
    Citation ‘A three days’ match was played at the Surrey ground, Kennington Oval, commencing on the 1st of July, 1847, between the counties of Kent and Surrey; each side scored 272 runs in the two innings, thus making it a tie’ (‘Bat’ 1851)


  • A wire, cord, clamp, clip, ring, bracket, strap, or other object or device which serves to fasten or secure.
  • To bring together two or more wires, cables, bundles, pieces, objects, or the like, and secure or fasten using a tie (1). 4, A beam, post, or other object which joins parts and provides mechanical support.


  • verb to attach or to link something to something


  • verb to attach or to fasten with string, wire, or other material

Real Estate

  • noun a connecting, strengthening or supporting beam or rod
  • noun either of two measurements on a survey line used to fix the position of a reference point


  • noun a single game in a competition


  • (written as TIE)
    Theatre in Education. A British movement, founded in 1965 at theBelgrade Theatre, Coventry, in which companies were establishedspecifically to perform in schools. In the late 1960s and 1970s the use ofdrama as an educational tool spread throughout the country and equivalentmovements were established in America, Canada, and Australia.

    The British companies, which receive funding from local educationauthorities, use drama to illuminate subjects ranging from socialhistory to racism and the dangers of drug abuse. They also providean introduction to the theater itself. Audience participation is usuallyencouraged and students are often involved in making decisions aboutthe content and staging of the play.

    TIE has also provided an outlet for new writing: Willy Russell's hugelysuccessful musical Blood Brothers was originally a Theatre-in-Educationproduction.

    Although many TIE companies closed when their funding was withdrawn inthe 1980s and 1990s, others continue, including the well-known London outfitsHalf Moon, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre, and Theatre Venture.Provincial companies include the Take-Away Theatre Company in Scotland and the Anna Purna Indian Dance Company in West Yorkshire. Some of Britain's best-known theaters, including the National Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East,also do educational work. see also THE.


  • noun a band of cloth which is worn knotted round the neck under the shirt collar
  • noun a system by which a pub belongs to a brewery and the landlord is obliged to buy his or her beer from that brewery

Origin & History of “tie”

Tie comes from a prehistoric Germanic *taugian. This was derived from the base *taukh-, *teuk- ‘pull’ (source also of English team and tug and closely related to tow). And this in turn went back to Indo-European *deuk-, which also produced Latin dūcere ‘lead’ (source of English duct, duke, etc). The use of the noun tie for a ‘necktie’ dates from the mid 18th century.