- The definition of a tether is a leash or restraint that inhibits free movement or actions.
The rope that you use to tie your dog to a tree is an example of a tether.
- To tether is to tie an animal up or to do something that restricts freedom.
When you tie your dog to a tree, this is an example of a situation where you tether your dog.
tether definition by Webster's New World
- a rope, cord, etc. fastened to something to prevent drifting, escape, etc.; specif., a rope or chain fastened to an animal so as to keep it within certain bounds
- the limit of one's abilities, resources, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old Norse tjōthr, akin to Old High German zeotar, wagon shaft
tether definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a short radius in which it can move about.b. A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, especially for young children and astronauts.
- A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding one, especially an animal, in place, allowing a short radius in which one can move about.
- The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance: drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.
Origin: Middle English tedir, tethir, from Old Norse tjōdhr.
tether - Computer Definition
tether - Phrases/Idioms
at the end of one's tether