tether


1teth·er

noun \ˈte-thər\

: a rope or chain that is used to tie an animal to a post, wall, etc., so that it will stay in a particular area

Full Definition of TETHER

1
:  something (as a rope or chain) by which an animal is fastened so that it can range only within a set radius
2
:  the limit of one's strength or resources <at the end of my tether>

Origin of TETHER

Middle English tethir, teder, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tjōthr tether; akin to Old High German zeotar pole of a wagon
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

2tether

transitive verb

: to use a rope or chain to tie (an animal) to something in order to keep it in a particular area

teth·eredteth·er·ing \-th(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of TETHER

:  to fasten or restrain by or as if by a tether <felt tethered to her desk until the work was done>

Examples of TETHER

  1. They tethered the horses in the shade.
  2. The dog was tethered to the fence.

First Known Use of TETHER

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with TETHER

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