We would lack a human face as our symbol; we would exist in the ether of ideas with no concrete stake in the ground to tether us.
Power for the sensors flows up the tether and data flows down.
In this conversation, Rick realizes that to survive, he must tether himself to the present—to these people.
Even the always-energetic Atti looked like he was at the end of his tether.
I showed him the tether on my foot, and the stake that dragged after it.
If you'll unpack the mare and tether her, Haggis, we can see aboot the fire and the meat.
But we could find no other stable, and were therefore obliged to tether the unhappy animals to the filthy mangers.
When he was pretty nearly at the end of his tether he came back to England.
I camped a little before sundown at a small open place to tether the horses.
They are also beyond the tether of my subject, which I fear I have already overstrained.
late 14c., "rope for fastening an animal," probably from Old Norse tjoðr "tether," from Proto-Germanic *teudran (cf. Danish tøir, Swedish tjuder, Old Frisian tiader, Middle Dutch tuder, Dutch tuier "line, rope," Old High German zeotar "pole of a cart"), from PIE root *deu- "to fasten" + instrumentive suffix *-tro-. Figurative sense of "measure of one's limitations" is attested from 1570s.
late 15c., from tether (n.). Related: Tethered; tethering.