American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a short radius in which it can move about.
- n. A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, especially for young children and astronauts.
- n. A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding one, especially an animal, in place, allowing a short radius in which one can move about.
- n. The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance: drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.
- v. To fasten or restrict with or as if with a tether.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rope, chain, or halter, especially one by which a grazing animal is confined within certain limits: often used figuratively, in the sense of a course in which one may move until checked; scope allowed.
- To confine, as a grazing animal, with a rope or chain within certain limits; hence, to tie (anything) with or as with a rope or halter.
- n. a rope, cable etc. that holds something in place whilst allowing some movement
- n. by extension the limit of one's abilities, resources etc
- n. dialect The cardinal number three in an old counting system used in Teesdale and Swaledale. (Variant of tethera)
- v. to restrict something with a tether
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- v. To confine, as an animal, with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits.
- n. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
- v. tie with a tether
- From Old Norse tjóðr ( > Danish tøjr). Cognate with North German Tüder ("tether for binding the cattle"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tedir, tethir, from Old Norse tjōdhr. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That tether is not merely the technological capability to remotely delete files, it is more importantly the legal tether of being the licensor for the content on your reading device.”
“We see why Molly was created and we also see the effect on 'her' once the tether is removed.”
“Roi snatched the tether from the old man’s hand and dragged the reluctant creature into the alley.”
“Our words and labels tether our mind to the historical.”
“Clanging behind him on a tether was a large white suit, so bulky it was like a statue of some forgotten golem or perhaps an example of ancient deep-sea diving gear.”
“And they are down there in what is called the tether technique.”
“Forster's 'Kitely' was very emphatic and earnest, and grew into great interest, quite up to the poet's allotted tether, which is none of the longest.”
“Our tether was a long one, and when, grown a little older, we occasionally asked to have it lengthened, a maternal "I don't care" amounted to almost unlimited liberty.”
“The tether is the rope halter, and by going through the form of milking this, repeating certain incantations, the magic transference was supposed capable of being effected.”
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