verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Power for the sensors flows up the tether and data flows down.
Even the always-energetic Atti looked like he was at the end of his tether.
She then broke into a long disdainful pace and began to circle round me at the extreme limit of her tether.Short Stories of Various Types|Various
Geronimo slipped the tether rope, grasped the rein, and vaulted happily to the back of the mighty horse.The Story of Geronimo|James Arthur Kjelgaard
The little excitable fellow was pretty well at the end of his tether physically also.A Young Man's Year|Anthony Hope
Seth shouted, springing free of his captors with a tremendous bound and bringing up with a jerk on the end of his tether.The Thing in the Attic|James Benjamin Blish
Musquitoes now tormented us exceedingly, and had obliged us to tether the horses at night, to prevent them from straying.Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia|Thomas Mitchell
Word Origin 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.
see end of one's rope (tether).