fastened or confined with or as if with a rope, chain, or the like to limit the range of movement:On this field trip, students will have the opportunity to take a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon.Too many lawmakers are partisan, inept, or too lightly tethered to reality.
Digital Technology. (of an electronic device) used to enable a wireless internet connection on another nearby device, often a laptop:You can browse the web more securely using a tethered phone, because your information is being sent directly through the phone rather than over a public wireless hotspot.
the simple past tense and past participle of tether.
- un·teth·ered, adjective
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How to use tethered in a sentence
Instead of using only humans, Macy’s has built five specialty vehicles with an innovative anchor tether framework that has been extensively field-tested and approved by NYC officials.The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has one star that always rises to the top | Erik Olsen | November 25, 2020 | Popular-Science
The senses are our tethers to the world—the real world, the one we’re in right now, not the one on our screens—and it calms my mind every time I check in with them.
Then, in papers published last fall, researchers cut the tether to string theory altogether.
The finding suggests that such tethers could also help connect once-intact forests that have been fragmented by human activities and aid conservation efforts of these and other canopy dwellers.A rope bridge restored a highway through the trees for endangered gibbons | Carolyn Wilke | October 19, 2020 | Science News
Controlled via a cloud-based dashboard, the Walmart delivery drones will hover 80 feet above customers’ yards and lower their orders down using a tether.Walmart Is Piloting Drone Delivery in North Carolina | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 11, 2020 | Singularity Hub
This was a tethered reconnaissance balloon, as first used 220 years ago in the French Revolutionary War.
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 | Lloyd Green | June 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Jack Schwartz | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Contrary to what critics insist, I saw no horses tethered in their stalls.
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’ | Michael Daly | July 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He gave orders for the horses to be tethered a little distance in the rear of the camp, where they would be sheltered.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
His horse was tethered below, behind another rock; and he felt positive that these men had not come upon it.Overland | John William De Forest
Barrington quieted his horse with soothing words, and dismounting, tethered him to a gate.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
He was tethered in the centre of the arena, by one of his hind legs, to a stump about twelve inches high.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
I call the Most High to witness—she submitted to all my demands meekly, as though she were no eaglet, but a tethered lamb!God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis