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Tie vs Tye – What’s the difference?

Tie vs Tye - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between tie and tye is that tie is a knot; a fastening while tye is a knot; a tie.

As a verb tie is to twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


(en noun )

  • A knot; a fastening.
  • A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.
  • (Young)
  • 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.
  • It’s two outs in the bottom of the ninth, tie score.
  • 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; a bond.
  • the sacred ties”’ of friendship or of duty; the ”’ties of allegiance
  • * Young
  • No distance breaks the tie of blood.
  • (construction) A structural member firmly holding two pieces together.
  • Ties work to maintain structural integrity in windstorms and earthquakes.
  • (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 to a draw).
  • (sports, British) A meeting between two players or teams in a competition.
  • The FA Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Cardiff was their first meeting in the competition since 1957.
  • (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 (not to be confused with a slur).
  • (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) connection between two vertices.
  • Usage notes

    * In cricket, a tie” and a ”draw are not the same. See .


    * (situation where one or more participants in a competition are placed equally) draw
    * (horizontal member that supports railway lines) sleeper (British)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) , (m).


  • To twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.
  • Tie this rope in a knot for me, please.
    Tie the rope to this tree.
  • To form (a knot or the like) in a string or the like.
  • Tie a knot in this rope for me, please.
  • To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by string or the like.
  • Tie him to the tree.
  • * Fairfax
  • In bond of virtuous love together tied .
  • To secure (something) by string or the like.
  • Tie your shoes.
  • * Dryden
  • Not tied to rules of policy, you find / Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind.
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering.
  • They tied for third place.
    They tied the game.
  • (US) To have the same score or position as (another) in a competition or ordering.
  • He tied me for third place.
  • (music) To unite (musical notes) with a line or slur in the notation.
  • Synonyms

    * fasten


    * unfasten
    * untie

    Derived terms

    * tie down
    * tie-in, tie in
    * tie the knot
    * tie up


    1000 English basic words




    (en noun )

  • a knot; a tie
  • (Sussex) a patch of common land, often a village green.
  • (nautical) A chain or rope, one end of which passes through the mast, and is made fast to the center of a yard; the other end is attached to a tackle, by means of which the yard is hoisted or lowered.
  • (mining) A trough for washing ores.
  • (Knight)


    * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. ยง 6.
    *: the events or actions, which the writer relates, must be connected together, by some bond or tye