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tether

[teth -er] /ˈtɛð ər/
noun
1.
a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
2.
the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
4.
Digital Technology. to use (an electronic device, usually a smartphone or tablet) to enable a wireless Internet connection on another nearby device, often a laptop:
There's no wi-fi, so I'll have to tether my phone to my laptop.
verb (used without object)
5.
Digital Technology. to use an electronic device to enable a wireless Internet connection on another device.
Idioms
6.
at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier
Related forms
untethered, adjective
untethering, adjective
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  • At the end of your tether or not, such comments are wrong.
  • The only way to control flights of fantasy in macro is to tether macro to micro.
  • The engineers decided they had to replace the entire tether.
  • Knowing how far the tether of your expertise extends is part of being a responsible scientist.
  • The geekiest users can tether their phone with little more than a free app and some complex coding know-how.
  • But there are a lot of operations where you run out of tether.
  • The safety administration will also require that auto makers equip new cars with anchor points for the top tether straps.
  • We were having tether problems, because of the severe whipping action of the seas.
  • Ranged about the stage alone or in small groups, they seem to tether that open space as if it were the billowing folds of a tent.
  • Could use another security flap over the organizer pocket, and a key tether.
British Dictionary definitions for tether

tether

/ˈtɛðə/
noun
1.
a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
2.
the range of one's endurance, etc
3.
at the end of one's tether, distressed or exasperated to the limit of one's endurance
verb
4.
(transitive) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse tjothr; related to Middle Dutch tūder tether, Old High German zeotar pole of a wagon
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Word Origin and History for tether
n.

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.

v.

late 15c., from tether (n.). Related: Tethered; tethering.

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