- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for tether
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.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
In this conversation, Rick realizes that to survive, he must tether himself to the present—to these people.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Power for the sensors flows up the tether and data flows down.Why Old-School Airships Now Rule Our Warzones
June 30, 2014
Even the always-energetic Atti looked like he was at the end of his tether.My Attack of Model Jealousy
February 9, 2014
It seemed to me that at last I had run to the end of my tether.Murder Point
If you'll unpack the mare and tether her, Haggis, we can see aboot the fire and the meat.The Fiery Totem
When he was pretty nearly at the end of his tether he came back to England.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
They are also beyond the tether of my subject, which I fear I have already overstrained.
Devers had run to the end of his tether, said Boynton, unfeelingly.Under Fire
- 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
- (tr) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
Word Origin and History for tether
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.