un·teth·er | \ ˌən-ˈte-t͟hər \
untethered; untethering; untethers

Definition of untether 

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from a tether

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Treading water now, untethered in the chop, they were almost immediately torn in different directions. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Our smartphones untether us from the office, saving us energy on travel, but also allow our lives to be interrupted nearly 24 hours a day, chewing up any productive idle time. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency," 4 June 2018 Joined by bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Justin Faulkner, Evans can stretch out in ways that the Bad Plus’ stripped-down, pop-leaning aesthetic really doesn’t allow, making this an ideal opportunity to hear a hard-hitting jazz pianist untethered. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Henry Johnson to 'Tootie' Heath to Patricia Barber, a busy jazz week in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018 Some economists think that the dour talk is overblown and that the stock markets are running on emotion untethered from economic reality, a narrative that gained force as markets in New York snapped back from the depths on Tuesday. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Era of Easy Money Is Ending, and the World Is Bracing for Shocks," 6 Feb. 2018 Bowie was untethered, shape-shifting, floating through space. Nneka Mcguire, chicagotribune.com, "Blind Spot: David Bowie," 19 Jan. 2018 Bruce McCandless was another, the first to fly untethered among the stars. CBS News, "​Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2017," 31 Dec. 2017 When my boobs came in, there was no way they could be untethered. Caitlin Brodnick, Glamour, "What It's Really Like to Bra Shop After a Double Mastectomy," 7 Sep. 2017 The wealth management arm, untethered from the poor returns on the investment bank, might be more highly valued than today. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Should Credit Suisse Break Up? The Answer Isn’t Obvious," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of untether

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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