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tether

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noun teth·er \ˈte-thər\

Definition of tether

  1. 1a :  a line (as of rope or chain) by which an animal is fastened so as to restrict its range of movementb :  a line to which someone or something is attached (as for security) <A crewman can clip the tether of his harness to the [safety line] and leave it clipped as he makes his way forward and aft. — Michael A. Smith>

  2. 2 :  the limit of one's strength or resources <I'm at the end of my tether.>

Origin and Etymology 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


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tether

verb teth·er

Definition of tether

tethered

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tethering

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

Examples of tether in a sentence

  1. They tethered the horses in the shade.

  2. The dog was tethered to the fence.

15th Century

First Known Use of tether

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



TETHER Defined for English Language Learners

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tether

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noun teth·er \ˈte-thər\

Definition of tether for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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tether

verb teth·er

Definition of tether for English Language Learners

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


TETHER Defined for Kids

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tether

verb teth·er \ˈte-thər\

Definition of tether for Students

tethered

tethering

  1. :  to fasten by a line that limits range of movement


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tether

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noun teth·er

Definition of tether for Students

  1. :  a line by which something is fastened so as to limit where it can go



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