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untether

[uhn-teth-er]
verb (used with object)
  1. to release from a tether: to untether a horse.
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Origin of untether

First recorded in 1765–75; un-2 + tether

tether

[teth-er]
noun
  1. a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
  2. the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
  2. 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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Digital Technology. to use an electronic device to enable a wireless Internet connection on another device.
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Idioms
  1. at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
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Origin of tether

1350–1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier
Related formsun·teth·ered, adjectiveun·teth·er·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untethered

untethered

adjective
  1. not tied or limited with or as if with a tether
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tether

noun
  1. a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
  2. the range of one's endurance, etc
  3. at the end of one's tether distressed or exasperated to the limit of one's endurance
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verb
  1. (tr) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
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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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Word Origin and History for untethered

adj.

1775, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tether (v.).

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tether

n.

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.

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tether

v.

late 15c., from tether (n.). Related: Tethered; tethering.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with untethered

tether

see end of one's rope (tether).

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