- 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 tethering
The lines are knotted loosely, and a tethering strap is broken.
Mandy could hardly wait for the unloading and tethering of the ponies.The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail
Meanwhile, Freeman had dismounted, and was tethering his horse.The Golden Fleece
Dick's horses in Canada—and he trained many—required no tethering.Jan
A. J. Dawson
There was a sharp clank as the windlasses were manned, and the tethering chains were drawn in by perhaps a score of links.The Lost Continent
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
- 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 tethering
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.