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TIDE-WAIT-ER, n. [tide and waiter.]

An officer who watches the landing of goods, to secure the payment of duties.

TIDE-WAY, n. [tide and way.]

The channel in which the tide sets. Mar. Dict.

TI'DI-ED, pp.

Made tidy.

TI'DI-LY, adv. [from tidy.]

Neatly; with neat simplicity; as, a female tidily dressed.


  1. Neatness without richness or elegance; neat simplicity; as, the tidiness of dress.
  2. Neatness; as, the tidiness of rooms.


Having no tidings.

TI'DINGS, n. [plur. Sw. tidning; Dan. tidende, news. It is the participle of Sax. tidan, to happen, or some other verb connected with tide, and denotes coming, or that which arrives.]

News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known. I shall make my master glad with these tidings. Shak. Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke ii.

TI'DY, a. [from tide, time, season; Dan. and Sw. tidig, seasonable.]

  1. In its primary sense, seasonable; favorable; being in proper time; as, weather fair and tidy. Tusser.
  2. Neat; dressed with neat simplicity; as, a tidy lass; the children are tidy; their dress is tidy; that is primarily, proper for the time or occasion.
  3. Neat; being in good order. The apartments are well furnished and tidy.

TI'DY, v.t.

To make neat; to put in good order.

TI'DY-ING, ppr.

Making tidy.

TIE, n.1

  1. A knot; fastening.
  2. Bond; obligation, moral or legal; as, the sacred ties of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance.
  3. A knot of hair. Young.

TIE, n.2

  1. In architecture, a piece of timber or metal for binding two bodies together.
  2. In music, a character to connect syncopated notes.

TIE, or TYE, v.t. [Sax. tian, for tigan, to bind; tig, tige, a tie, a purse. The primary sense is to strain, and hence its alliance to tug, to draw, Sw. tiga, L. taceo, to be silent. The Gr. δεω may be the same word. On account of the participle tying, it might be well to write the verb tye.]

  1. To bind; to fasten with a band or cord and knot. My son, keep thy father's commandments – bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. Prov. vi.
  2. To fold and make fast; as, to tie a knot.
  3. To knit; to complicate. We do not tie this knot with an intention to puzzle the argument. Burnet.
  4. To fasten; to hold; to unite so as not to be easily parted. In bond of virtuous love together tied. Fairfax.
  5. To oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine. People in their jealousy, may tie the hands of their ministers and public agents, so as to prevent them from doing good. Not tied to rules of policy, you find / Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. Dryden.
  6. In music, to unite notes by a cross line, or by a curve line drawn over them. To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action; as, to tie up the tongue; to tie up the hands. Addison. To tie down, to fasten so as to prevent from rising. #2. To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.

TIED, or TY'ED, pp.

Bound; fastened with a knot; confined; restrained; united, as notes.

TIER, n. [Heb. טור tur. Class Dr, No. 24. See Tire.]

A row; a rank; particularly when two or more rows are placed one above another; as, a tier of seats in a church or theater. Thus in ships of war, the range of guns on one deck and one side of a ship, is called a tier. Those on the lower deck are called the lower tier, and those above, the middle or upper tiers. Ships with three tiers of guns are threedeckers. The tiers of a cable are the ranges of fakes or windings of a cable, laid one within another when coiled. Tier, in organs, is a rank or range of pipes in the front of the instrument, or in the interior, when the compound stops have several ranks of pipes. Cyc.

TIERCE, n.1 [ters; Fr. from tiers, third.]

  1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe, that is, forty gallons; or it may be the measure.
  2. In Ireland, a weight by which provisions are sold. The tierce of beef for the navy, is 304 lb. and for India, 336 lb.
  3. In music, a third.
  4. In gaming, a sequence of three cards of the same color.
  5. A thrust in fencing.


In heraldry, a field divided into three parts.


In falconry, a name given to the male hawk, as being a third part less than the female. Cyc.

TIER'CET, n. [ter'cet. from tierce.]

In poetry, a triplet; three lines, or three lines rhyming.


In France, the third branch or commonalty, answering to the commons in Great Britain.

TIFF, n. [Qu. tipple, tope.]

  1. Liquor; or rather a small draught of liquor. [Vulgar.] Philips.
  2. A pet or fit of peevishness. Johnson. [I know not where this word is used in the latter sense.]

TIFF, v.i.

To be in a pet. [Low.] Johnson.

TIFF, v.t.

To dress. [Not in use.]

TIF'FA-NY, n. [According to the Italian and Spanish Dictionaries, this word is to be referred to taffeta.]

A species of gauze or very thin silk.


A species of sea plant, so called by Count Marsigli, from its resemblance to the heads of the Typha palustris, or cat's tail. It has a smooth surface and a velvety look. It grows to two feet in highth, and is elegantly branched. It grows on rocks and stones, and when first taken out of the sea, is full of a yellow viscous water, but when this is pressed out and the substance is dried, it becomes of a dusky brown color. Cyc.