- to release from a tether: to untether a horse.
Origin of untether
- 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 untethered
He went to the sled, untethered the dogs, and sent them scuttling up the ravine.Colorado Jim
She shook her head, while I untethered Dolly, the sorrel mare.The Romance of a Plain Man
A fleet of launches were now untethered upon the "Lightning."A Republic Without a President and Other Stories
She took a bow, untethered herself from the Steinway, and headed for the hatch.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Near by a horse, untethered, was quietly nosing at the trodden soil.The Cathedral
Sir Hugh Walpole
- not tied or limited with or as if with a tether
- 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 untethered
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.