tie-down

[ tahy-doun ]
/ ˈtaɪˌdaʊn /

noun

a device for tying something down.
the act of tying something down.

Origin of tie-down

noun use of verb phrase tie down

Definition for tie down (2 of 2)

Origin of tie

before 900; (noun) Middle English te(i)gh cord, rope, Old English tēagh, tēgh, cognate with Old Norse taug rope; (v.) Middle English tien, Old English tīgan, derivative of the noun; compare Old Norse teygja to draw. See tug, tow1
Related formsre·tie, verb (used with object), re·tied, re·ty·ing.un·der·tie, nounun·der·tie, verb (used with object), un·der·tied, un·der·ty·ing.well-tied, adjective

Synonym study

22. See bond1.
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British Dictionary definitions for tie down

tie

/ (taɪ) /

verb ties, tying or tied

noun

See also tie in, tie up

Word Origin for tie

Old English tīgan to tie; related to Old Norse teygja to draw, stretch out, Old English tēon to pull; see tug, tow 1, tight
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Idioms and Phrases with tie down

tie down


Constrain, confine, or limit, as in As long as the children were small, she was too tied down to look for a job. [Late 1600s]

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