Tie

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TIE. When two persons receive an equal number of votes at an election, there is said to be a tie.
     2. In that case neither is elected. When the votes are given on any question to be decided by a deliberative assembly, and there is a tie, the question is lost. Vide Majority.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But there was peril near the sleeper. A monster of a bee had been wandering overhead--buzz, buzz, buzz--now among the leaves, now flashing through the strips of sunshine, and now lost in the dark shade, till finally he appeared to be settling on the eyelid of David Swan.
The sleeper moving an arm, he sat down again in his chair, and feigned to watch the storm from the window.
Never a tired driver passed the wooden cross, I am sure, without wishing well to the sleeper.
But the twelve-year-old lad who stole in and cautiously stepped over the sleepers and threaded his way among the captives, did so with his heart in his mouth.
At the sharp, clipping tone of the parrot, the sleepers awoke and sprang up; and with a mighty oath, the voice of Silver cried, "Who goes?"
Mahtoree now felt himself master of the sleeper's fate.
If his rage had broken him into a hundred pieces every one of them would have disregarded the incident, and leapt at the sleeper.
Could this dull sleeper be the alert, sensitive Tarzan of old?
Fagin looked hard at the robber; and, motioning him to be silent, stooped over the bed upon the floor, and shook the sleeper to rouse him.
And yet there was such a silence all around, that he felt sure he could have heard even the breathing of a sleeper, if there had been one there.
In the Mount of Pion, yonder, is the Cave of the Seven Sleepers. Once upon a time, about fifteen hundred years ago, seven young men lived near each other in Ephesus, who belonged to the despised sect of the Christians.
The words were uttered in that low distinct voice which finds its way so readily to sleepers' ears, and wakes them in a fright.