from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rope, chain, strap, or cord for keeping an animal within a certain radius.
  • noun A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, as for a young child or an astronaut outside a spacecraft.
  • noun A rope, chain, cable, or other line for restraining or securing an object.
  • noun The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance.
  • noun A range of allowable behavior or responsibility.
  • transitive verb To restrain or secure with a tether.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • 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.
  • transitive verb To confine, as an animal, with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a rope, cable etc. that holds something in place whilst allowing some movement
  • noun by extension the limit of one's abilities, resources etc
  • noun dialect The cardinal number three in an old counting system used in Teesdale and Swaledale. (Variant of tethera)
  • verb to restrict something with a tether

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  • verb tie with a tether


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English teder, from Old Norse tjōdhr.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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