zip tie


: a plastic strip that can be threaded through its end and tightened so as to fasten something
especially : flex-cuff
zip-tie verb

Examples of zip tie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The officers use a zip tie to bind Hayes' feet and place him in the back of a police car, the video shows. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2023 On the morning of Aug. 30, Harwood Heights Ill., police officers found the woman unresponsive with a zip tie around her neck. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 All zip ties have a tensile strength rating, which is the amount of weight a zip tie can hold before breaking. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Sep. 2019 Those who love packing light on backpacking trips and long hikes will be glad to know that this utensil weighs just 0.53 ounces, which is exceptionally lightweight, and easily slips into a pocket or on a carabiner (just add a zip tie). Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2023 Eisenhart, who also had picked up zip tie-like restraints within the Capitol and wore body armor on January 6, is charged with entering the restricted grounds of the Capitol with a weapon and obstructing the Congress' certification of the Electoral College, according to the Justice Department. Caroline Kelly, CNN, 6 May 2021 Federal authorities have charged several people seen in videos and photos posted to social media during the Capitol riot, including two men who were seen with plastic zip tie-style restraints and a man who was photographed putting his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2021 The knives and blades were used to cut a piece of rope, and scissors were used to remove a zip tie. Molly Blanco, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023 Inside the home, officers discovered a third child locked in a dog cage secured with a zip tie, police said in the release. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zip tie was in 1983

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Cite this Entry

“Zip tie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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