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tether

noun teth·er \ ˈte-t͟hər \

Definition of tether

1 a :a line (as of rope or chain) by which an animal is fastened so as to restrict its range of movement
b :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 :the limit of one's strength or resources
  • I'm at the end of my tether.

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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

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tether

verb

Definition of tether

tethered; tethering play \-t͟h(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
: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.

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First Known Use of tether

15th century

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TETHER Defined for English Language Learners

tether

noun

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


tether

verb

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-t͟hər \

Definition of tether for Students

tethered; tethering
:to fasten by a line that limits range of movement

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tether

noun

Definition of tether for Students

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


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