a. A beam, post, rod, or angle to hold two pieces together; a tension member in a construction. Webster 3rd
b. One of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them to line, gauge, and grade. Webster 3rd
c. Linear or angular measurements or a combination of the two made for the purpose of locating other points from points of known position. Ties may be made to connect physical objects with the survey line, or to locate the instrument point with reference to physical objects so that it can be reestablished if lost. To tie in is to close a survey on itself or on another survey, or to locate a point by means of ties. Seelye, 2
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