Definitions for Tetherˈtɛð ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

teth•erˈtɛð ər(n.)

  1. a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.

  2. the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.

  3. (v.t.)to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.

Idioms for tether:

  1. at the end of one's tether,at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tether:

1350–1400; < ON tjōthr, akin to Fris tyader, tieder, MD, MLG tūder tether

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leash, tether, lead(verb)

    restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

  2. tether(verb)

    tie with a tether

    "tether horses"


  1. tether(Noun)

    a rope, cable etc. that holds something in place whilst allowing some movement

  2. tether(Noun)

    the limit of one's abilities, resources etc

  3. tether(Noun)

    The cardinal number three in an old counting system used in Teesdale and Swaledale. (Variant of tethera)

  4. tether(Verb)

    to restrict something with a tether

  5. Origin: From tjóðr ( > Danish tøjr). Cognate with North German Tüder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tether(noun)

    a long rope or chain by which an animal is fastened, as to a stake, so that it can range or feed only within certain limits

  2. Tether(verb)

    to confine, as an animal, with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits


  1. Tether

    A tether is a cord, fixture, or signal that anchors something movable to a reference point which may be fixed or moving. There are a number of applications for tethers: balloons, kites, tethered wind-energy conversion systems, anchors, tethered water-flow energy conversion systems, towing, animal constraint, and power-kiting. Tethers may break by various means; if a tether is a signal, then interruption by signal barriers breaks the tether. If the tether is a cord or rope, then upon reaching the breaking strength of the tether, the tether fails in its function. Failure modes for tethers are considered when designing arrangements where a tether is needed. When a tether or line breaks suddenly, backlash of the segments may cause severe damage or loss of life; safety links are sometimes used to prevent excessive tension in a tether involved in towing objects or persons, like in the towing of sailplanes; the safety link in a tether is thus a tether itself. Tethering objects to prevent theft of an object like a computer at a school or library is now commonly seen.

Translations for Tether

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a rope or chain for tying an animal to a post etc

He put a tether on his horse.

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