tether

noun
teth·er | \ ˈte-t͟hər \

Definition of tether 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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.

tether

verb
tethered; tethering\ˈte-t͟h(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of tether (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And despite the Louisiana heat in midsummer, Maria wears long pants to hide the tether on her ankle. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Separated at the border, asylum seeker pleads for son's return," 5 July 2018 The potential difficulty of cutting oneself loose in an emergency was highlighted by the provision of small blades for cutting through the tethers. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "F.A.A. Halts ‘Doors-Off’ Helicopter Flights After New York Crash," 16 Mar. 2018 There are an additional four years on the tether, through 2023, but the financial penalty for an owner moving the team is minimal. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte has budgeted millions for second round of stadium renovations | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 The latest is the first insect-sized robot to take to the air without a tether delivering its power. The Economist, "The world’s lightest wireless flying machine lifts off," 15 May 2018 Because half of bitcoin’s price increase over the past year came from market manipulation via another cryptocurrency known as tether, according to a paper last month from University of Texas researchers. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Look Out, Bitcoin Has Lost Its Tether," 1 July 2018 In some cases, parents in the Ohio raids were released with electronic tethers because there was no one else available. Washington Post, "Far from Southwest, children of workplace raids await fate," 24 June 2018 With no tether and no direct guidance, SpotMini can now go out on patrol and make its way through a noisy indoor area while avoiding objects and even mastering some stairs. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "BostonDynamic's SpotMini Is Out on Patrol," 10 May 2018 Last April, there was a little more than $50 million worth of tether in circulation. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why experts are worried about Tether, a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency," 5 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While others lag, Muya pecks away at a ball on a string that’s tethered to a headband. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Round 1: Will anger, desire spur a young San Diego boxer to spotlight?," 22 June 2018 And because baseball remains mostly tethered to its stuffy, stodgy roots, the staredowns and harmless contempt and attention to hand signs felt like a dash of zest sprinkled over of a bland meal. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Kody Clemens’ antics are good for Texas, great for the CWS," 13 June 2018 With the app unavailable and me on the go, remaining tethered to my laptop was not a practical option. Rob Manker, Naperville Sun, "Manker: It's cold sweat time when your smartphone is suddenly gone," 7 June 2018 The appearance came in April, outside of Don’s busiest season as the owner of a pool-servicing business that keeps him tethered to home during the summer. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Pirates Rookie Nick Kingham Didn't Quite Throw a Perfect Game, But He Had a Perfect Weekend," 1 May 2018 The boy’s body was later found, tethered to a cotton gin fan, in the Tallahatchie River. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation into the Murder of Emmett Till," 12 July 2018 Free parking and shuttle bus service from Crown Point High School starts at 12 p.m. New this year are two evenings of balloon glows, photos and tethered balloon rides Aug. 7-8. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Step right up to Northwest Indiana county fairs," 28 June 2018 Which is what tethers all this, rising above but never superseding: allegiance to the sport itself. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan," 15 June 2018 But each degree of ascension requires more weeks away from his girlfriend, more time spent tethered to social media, more anxiety that his sense of self is changing faster than his mind can keep up. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Justice Smith Nearly Turned Down His First Blockbuster," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of tether

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tether

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tether

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of tether (Entry 2 of 2)

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

tether

verb
teth·er | \ ˈte-t͟hər \
tethered; tethering

Kids Definition of tether

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fasten by a line that limits range of movement

tether

noun

Kids Definition of tether (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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