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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tightlyadverb

    in a tight or constricted manner

    "a tightly packed pub"

  2. tightlyadverb

    securely fixed or fastened

    "the window was tightly sealed"


  1. tightlyadverb

    In a tight manner.

    tightly clenched fingers

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tightlyadverb

    Etymology: from tight.

    Hold, sirrah, bear you these letters tightly;
    Sail, like my pinnace, to these golden shores. William Shakespeare.

    Handle your pruning-knife with dexterity: tightly, I say, go tightly to your business; you have cost me much. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tightlyadverb

    in a tight manner; closely; nearly

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  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tightly' in Adverbs Frequency: #324

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tightly in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tightly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tightly in a Sentence

  1. David Seldin:

    Fetal tissue research is tightly regulated, ethically and legally, at the state and federal level—as it should be, the University of Pittsburgh complies with all laws—and requires its partners do the same.

  2. David Seldin:

    These allegations are irresponsible and false.The University of Pittsburgh does not perform abortions. The University has a long history of providing vital, life-saving research, using techniques that are common at universities and medical institutions throughout the world, fetal tissue research is tightly regulated, ethically and legally, at the state and federal level—as it should be.

  3. Karla Nemeth:

    We’re managing the system just very, very tightly, but there aren’t emergency powers that we need to do the things that would help the valley.

  4. Liz Heatherly:

    We were horrified. I couldn’t believe that someone could be such a monster, the zip tie had been put around his mouth so tightly, his mouth was all bloody and scabbed. They believed he had been zip tied for between three and four days.

  5. James McGlew:

    Quite clearly there's an expectation following last week's rate drop that their margins aren't going to be squeezed as tightly as markets were originally thinking.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. nasty
    • B. witless
    • C. noninvasive
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