What does tether mean?

Definitions for tether
ˈtɛð ərteth·er

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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

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

  2. tether(Noun)

    the limit of one's abilities, resources etc

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

  3. tether(Noun)

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

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

  4. tether(Verb)

    to restrict something with a tether

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tether

    teth′ėr, n. a rope or chain for tying a beast, while feeding, within certain limits.—v.t. to confine with a tether: to restrain within certain limits. [M. E. tedir, acc. to Skeat, prob. Celt., Gael. teadhair, a tether, W. tid, a chain. The Low Ger. tider, Ice. tjóðir, are prob. borrowed.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tether in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tether in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tether in a Sentence

  1. Marshall Hayner:

    The idea behind tether is you give a dollar and you get one tether.

  2. The FSS report:

    FSS is confident that Tether's unencumbered assets exceed the balance of fully-backed USD Tethers in circulation as of June 1st, 2018.

  3. Rebecca Ivers:

    Appropriate use of child car seats significantly reduces the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a crash, this means having straps tight enough, making sure no straps are twisted, that the seatbelt and buckles are fastened, and that any tether straps are correctly anchored.

  4. Jennifer Levasseur:

    Special [as part of the exhibit] are the Apollo 11 objects, [Neil] Armstrong's headset, the lunar module film camera that recorded the first landing, and a waist tether used in the LM as well — the last two of which are on loan to us, and are promised donations, from the Armstrong family.

  5. Brad Goering:

    She has a tether strap, which is basically a leash that goes between London and Kye. That gives us, gives Kye the ability to walk alone. She doesn’t have to be holding the hand of an adult all the time and she feels like she’s walking London.

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Translations for tether

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  • amarraCatalan, Valencian
  • provaz, řetěz, úvazCzech
  • StrickGerman
  • amarrar, acordonarSpanish
  • lieka, mahdollisuus, rajaFinnish
  • longe, attacherFrench
  • teaghránIrish
  • amarreGalician
  • campo, imbrigliare, guinzaglio, incatenare, tenere al guinzaglio, portata, cavezza, briglia, redineItalian
  • tali tambat, tambat, rantai tambat, suntuk fikiran, buntu fikiranMalay
  • vastmaken, bindenDutch
  • tjorNorwegian
  • граница, привязать, предел, привязь, страховочная верёвка, привязыватьRussian
  • privez, oputa, sputanostSerbo-Croatian
  • tjudra, förankringslina, ankarkätting, sammankoppla, ankra, förankra, tjuder, ankartrossSwedish

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