- 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 tethered
This was a tethered reconnaissance balloon, as first used 220 years ago in the French Revolutionary War.Why Old-School Airships Now Rule Our Warzones
June 30, 2014
So here Clinton stands, tethered to a president who is neither loved nor feared.Hillary Clinton Wants Bill to Lift Her Up—but Obama Will Drag Her Down
June 23, 2014
Ida is a mystery of sorts, tethered to a road journey in a bleak postwar Poland.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
No rope was required to retain a baby after the mother was tethered to a tree.How to Capture an Elephant: Excerpt From Michael Daly’s ‘Topsy’
July 8, 2013
Her teenage son was tethered to a motorbike and dragged across a rocky road.Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Targeted by Buddhist Mob Violence
June 27, 2013
He dismounted, tethered the horse and stretched his own limbs, weary from riding.
The men will spread their blankets on the piazzas, and the horses will be tethered in the grounds.
General Jackson, tethered to a rusty ring at the back, whinnied a welcome.
To the rear of this vehicle "General Jackson" was tethered by a halter.
Mr. Hammond led her to where George Washington was 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
- (tr) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
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.