[ uhn-teth-er ]
/ ʌnˈtɛð ər /

verb (used with object)

to release from a tether: to untether a horse.

Origin of untether

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

Definition for untethering (2 of 2)

[ teth-er ]
/ ˈtɛð ər /


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.

Origin of tether

1350–1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier


un·teth·ered, adjectiveun·teth·er·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untethering

/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with untethering


see end of one's rope (tether).

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