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noun (1)

plural -s
obsolete : a small box (as for the storage of valuables)
British : a launder for washing ores


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transitive verb

: to wash (ores) in a tye


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noun (2)

plural -s
obsolete : a piece of enclosed land
dialectal, England : a large pasture or common


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noun (3)

plural -s
: a chain or rope one end of which passes through the mast or through a block and is made fast to the center of a yard, the other end being attached to a tackle by means of which a yard is hoisted or lowered

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, casket, from Old English tēag, of unknown origin

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old English tēag, of unknown origin

Noun (3)

Middle English, tie

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“Tye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tye. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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