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tether

[teth-er]
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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)
  1. to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
  2. 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)
  1. Digital Technology. to use an electronic device to enable a wireless Internet connection on another device.
Idioms
  1. 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 formsun·teth·ered, adjectiveun·teth·er·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tethered

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  • He dismounted, tethered the horse and stretched his own limbs, weary from riding.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The men will spread their blankets on the piazzas, and the horses will be tethered in the grounds.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • General Jackson, tethered to a rusty ring at the back, whinnied a welcome.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • To the rear of this vehicle "General Jackson" was tethered by a halter.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mr. Hammond led her to where George Washington was tethered.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for tethered

tether

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
  1. (tr) 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

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.

tether

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tethered

tether

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