Power for the sensors flows up the tether and data flows down.
Even the always-energetic Atti looked like he was at the end of his tether.
In this conversation, Rick realizes that to survive, he must tether himself to the present—to these people.
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.
I showed him the tether on my foot, and the stake that dragged after it.
There she lay at the end of her tether, with extended wings, bitten and rumpled.
But we could find no other stable, and were therefore obliged to tether the unhappy animals to the filthy mangers.
I was at the end of my tether, and unfortunately I am not religious.
I camped a little before sundown at a small open place to tether the horses.
He had reached the end of his tether, must get to water soon or give up the fight.
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.