Tether meaning

tĕthər
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.

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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.

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The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance.

Drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.

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A range of allowable behavior or responsibility.

Kept the new assistant on a short tether.

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To restrain or secure with a tether.
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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.
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The limit of one's abilities, resources, etc.
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To fasten or confine with a tether.
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A rope, cable etc. that holds something in place whilst allowing some movement.
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(by extension) The limit of one's abilities, resources etc.
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(dialect) The cardinal number three in an old counting system used in Teesdale and Swaledale. (Variant of tethera)
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To restrict something with a tether.
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at the end of one's tether
  • At the end of one's endurance, resources, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of tether

  • Middle English teder from Old Norse tjōdhr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse tjóðr (> Danish tøjr). Cognate with North German Tüder (“tether for binding the cattle").

    From Wiktionary