: a fitting or a system of lines and fittings used to secure something (such as an aircraft or cargo)

Examples of tie-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sable's luggage rack wins big points with its tie-down hooks and accessory-mounting points. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 Some cargo hitch carriers come with weatherproof covers, ratchet straps, and elastic tie-down cords. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2023 In addition to having an oversized auger bit, which looks like a giant screw to secure the base of this canopy into the sand, there are also four stakes and tie-downs to prevent the side flaps from blowing in the wind. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 June 2023 Back in 2013, Zach Wilson won the title in tie-down roping. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 19 June 2023 The roomy interior has a new dash for 1998 but still offers few frills—no folding table or reclining rear seat or clever storage compartments or cargo tie-downs—just five comfortable seats, all with a nice view out big windows. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, 29 May 2023 This canopy also comes with a small bag of four standard ground spikes, four heavy-duty ground spikes, and three tie-down cords for added security. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 15 May 2023 Key features include rust resistance, non-slip bottoms and/or tie-down points and adequate insulation. Travis Smola, Field & Stream, 3 May 2023 The box can be further customized with LED lighting, movable tie-downs, and a 120-volt outlet. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tie-down was circa 1942

Cite this Entry

“Tie-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie-down. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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