Definition of tie-down in US English:



  • 1Rope, cord, straps, or chains used to attach or secure an item.

    • ‘Zassa watched as the last crate was shoved into place, the tie-downs clicking into place.’
    • ‘Other big-tent features include a fly vent and foul-weather tie-downs - even a clear skylight.’
    • ‘The biggest change will come on the MPT 1200 and 1000 models that feature a roto-molded, polyethylene cross-link load bed with inserts for tie-downs and racks.’
    • ‘Durant was sitting on the cold flooring of the hold outside a locker full of cargo tie-downs, tarps, and cables he had been looking through.’
    • ‘However, because buffeting is more of an issue during the construction phase, the bridge could if necessary be stabilized during construction by tie-downs.’
    • ‘When my response wasn't met with a chuckle or a smile from the evaluator, I quickly opened the door and looked to make sure I hadn't forgotten to pull the chocks or unfasten the wing tie-downs.’
    • ‘Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground or your house.’
    • ‘If you live in a manufactured home, re-check and reinforce tie-downs.’
    • ‘The pickup box is lined, and includes slots for lumber dividers and multiple, heavy-duty tie-downs.’
    • ‘The SpringHouse tm can create humid conditions in any geographic environment, and will set up on both soil or hard surfaces, with stakes and tie-downs that secure the greenhouse in high winds.’
    • ‘Codes now require architects to use cross bracings and tie-downs to make houses more hurricane resistant.’
    • ‘Aircrew quickly undid the tie-downs and prepared to lower the ramp as the commandos started their vehicles.’
    1. 1.1 A stationary ring, post, or the like to which items are secured with tie-downs.
      • ‘The scats are not removable, an idea that would make for even more storage space, but the seat latches can double as tie-downs when the seats are flipped forward.’
      • ‘Freight tie-downs were recessed into the floor and spaced three meters apart in a grid pattern.’
      • ‘A rubber mat and four tie-downs make the loadspace adaptable for many uses.’
      • ‘A slight S-curve flows through body sides punctuated by large, bluff wheel arches, and bed tie-downs are integrated into the upper pickup box surface just below the edge of the bed liner.’
      • ‘It also has a tailgate with independently opening rear window, luggage tie-downs, removable luggage cover, and also a cargo net.’
      restrict, restrain, limit, constrain, confine, cramp
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