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[teth -er] /ˈtɛð ər/
a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
verb (used with object)
to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
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)
Digital Technology. to use an electronic device to enable a wireless Internet connection on another device.
at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
Origin of tether
1350-1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier
Related forms
untethered, adjective
untethering, adjective Unabridged
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  • One way round this would be to put the turbine on a floating platform, tethered with cables to the seabed.
  • Axel can also descend and ascend cliffs via a tethered cable.
  • Building on the tethered tail idea previously mentioned, but going from the other end.
  • He made the hasty decision to put everyone on the life boat, tethered to the ship until the fumes cleared.
  • So, not only did this thing bogart my kitchen counter, but it required another wall-wart and sat tethered to one location.
  • Instead they will be tethered to tubes in intensive care units, and some eventually turned over to foster care.
  • The first generation of robotic tuna had to be tethered to a heap of electronics the size of a fridge.
  • Colorful ropes keep camels tethered before a race begins.
  • She huffed off, still tethered to her phone, to our general delight.
  • There will be free rides in a tethered balloon, cultural exhibitions with ceremonial objects, talent shows and dancing.
British Dictionary definitions for tethered


a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
the range of one's endurance, etc
at the end of one's tether, distressed or exasperated to the limit of one's endurance
(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 tethered



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.

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