[ teth-er ]
/ ˈtɛð ər /
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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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
Digital Technology. to use an electronic device to enable a wireless internet connection on another device.
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Idioms about tether
at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
Origin of tether
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier
OTHER WORDS FROM tetherun·teth·er·ing, adjective
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How to use tether in a sentence
Downgrading to 3.01 doesn't restore tethering capability or Exchange.iPhone's Bad Business|Douglas Rushkoff|September 18, 2009|DAILY BEAST
The boys by this time had dismounted and were tethering their horses while the mountaineers looked on curiously.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge|Frank Gee Patchin
Ah, they are tethering them to the great posts of stone in the middle of the green square.Joan of the Sword Hand|S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Tethering my pony for his much-needed dinner, I opened my sack of hard bread to count the contents; my store was half gone.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail|Ezra Meeker
We go into camp a little before sunset, tethering two or three of the horses, and letting the others range.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands|H. Hagedorn.
Meanwhile, Freeman had dismounted, and was tethering his horse.The Golden Fleece|Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for tether
/ (ˈtɛðə) /
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 for tether
C14: from Old Norse tjothr; related to Middle Dutch tūder tether, Old High German zeotar pole of a wagon
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tether
see end of one's rope (tether).
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