Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

tighten

[tahyt-n]
See more synonyms for tighten on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become tight or tighter.
Show More

Origin of tighten

First recorded in 1720–30; tight + -en1
Related formstight·en·er, nouno·ver·tight·en, verbre·tight·en, verbself-tight·en·ing, adjectiveun·tight·en, verb (used with object)

Synonyms

See more synonyms for tighten on Thesaurus.com
secure, anchor, fasten.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for overtightening

Historical Examples

  • Overtightening or twisting will twist the pump-motor mounting plate and put a stress on the motor bearings.

    Installation and Operation Instructions For Custom Mark III CP Series Oil Fired Unit

    Anonymous


British Dictionary definitions for overtightening

tighten

verb
  1. to make or become tight or tighter
  2. tighten one's belt to economize
Show More
Derived Formstightener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for overtightening

tighten

v.

"to make tight," 1727; the earlier verb was simply tight, from Old English tyhtan, from the root of tight. Related: Tightened; tightening.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper