tie-n; 8 Senses

Sense Number 1: knotted neckwear, mostly for men

Commentary: TIE[+artifact][+garment][+neckwear][+knotted]

The CEO of their firm refuses to wear a tie.
The invitation says the party is black tie. (black ties worn with tuxedos)
John examined a rack of Italian silk ties in the department store.
The girls' school uniforms were plaid skirts, knee socks, blazers and ties.


Sense Number 2: a social relationship, connection

Commentary: TIE[+state][+social][+relationship]

Mary has strong family ties in England.
Attending networking functions will strengthen your ties in the business community.
Their nation has severed diplomatic ties with that country.
During that century some merchants and cities were freed from feudal ties.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: equality of scores in an ongoing game

Commentary: TIE[+quantity][+equality][+of_scores][+of_game][+ongoing]

The score is currently a tie at 2 and 2.
It was a tie until the bottom of the eighth inning when Jones hit a home run.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 4: a horizontal support beam

Commentary: TIE[+artifact][+structure][+support][+horizontal][+beam]

The rafters will not spread if you nail a tie between them.
The carpenter stacked a set of 4-foot oak ties against the wall.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a fastener that holds parts together

Commentary: TIE[+artifact][+device][+fastener]

The corners of the plastered walls are held together with embedded metal ties.
Mary closed up the bag of coffee with a tie.
The door of the tent can be rolled open and secured with ties.
Johnny broke a tie on his shoe.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: outcome or result of game that is a draw

Commentary: TIE[+state][+outcome][+game][+draw]
NOTE: related to Sense 3, but refers only to the final state of the game, not equality of score during some ongoing point of the game

Our team played three games last week resulting in two ties and a loss.
The game ended in a tie.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 7: musical notation that links notes together

Commentary: TIE[+information][+notation][+musical][+linker][+of_notes]

The tie between the two quarter notes means to play a single half note.
The score contained many dotted ties and triplets.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 8: transverse cross braces on a railroad

Commentary: TIE[+artifact][+structure][+support][+transverse][+cross_brace][+railroad]

The work crew was repairing some ties along the southbound track.
There was a pile of old railroad ties in the junkyard.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8