- 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.
- 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 of tetherMiddle English ; from Old Norse tjōthr, akin to Old High German zeotar, wagon shaft
at the end of one's tether
- a. A rope, chain, strap, or cord for keeping an animal within a certain radius.b. A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, as for a young child or an astronaut outside a spacecraft.c. A rope, chain, cable, or other line for restraining or securing an object: a blimp attached to the ground by tethers.
- The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance: drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.
- A range of allowable behavior or responsibility: kept the new assistant on a short tether.
transitive verbteth·ered, teth·er·ing, teth·ers
Origin of tetherMiddle English teder, from Old Norse tjōdhr.
(third-person singular simple present tethers, present participle tethering, simple past and past participle tethered)
- to restrict something with a tether
From Old Norse tjóðr (> Danish tøjr). Cognate with North German Tüder (“tether for binding the cattle”).