tye

noun (1)
\ ˈtī \
plural -s

Definition of tye

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 obsolete : a small box (as for the storage of valuables)
2 British : a launder for washing ores
\ " \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of tye (Entry 2 of 4)

British
: to wash (ores) in a tye

tye

noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of tye (Entry 3 of 4)

1 obsolete : a piece of enclosed land
2 dialectal, England : a large pasture or common

tye

noun (3)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of tye (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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

History and Etymology for tye

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 3 Oct. 2022.

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