Tether Definition

tĕthər
tethered, tethers
noun
tethers
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.
Webster's New World
A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, as for a young child or an astronaut outside a spacecraft.
American Heritage
A rope, chain, cable, or other line for restraining or securing an object.
A blimp attached to the ground by tethers.
American Heritage
The limit of one's abilities, resources, etc.
Webster's New World
A range of allowable behavior or responsibility.
Kept the new assistant on a short tether.
American Heritage
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verb
tethered, tethers
To fasten or confine with a tether.
Webster's New World
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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Antonyms:
idiom
at the end of one's tether
  • at the end of one's endurance, resources, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Tether

Noun

Singular:
tether
Plural:
tethers

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Tether

Origin of Tether

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English teder from Old Norse tjōdhr

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

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