[ˈteðə] verb [T] I
to tie an animal to something so that it will stay in a particular area
noun [C]
tether [ˈteðə]
a rope or a chain that is used for tying an animal to something
at the end of your tether — very upset because you are no longer able to deal with a difficult situation[/ex]

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  • tether — [teth′ər] n. [ME < ON tjōthr, akin to OHG zeotar, wagon shaft] 1. 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 2. the limit of …   English World dictionary

  • tether — (n.) late 14c., rope for fastening an animal, probably from O.N. tjoðr tether, from P.Gmc. *teudran (Cf. Dan. tèir, Swed. tjuder, O.Fris. tiader, M.Du. tuder, Du. tuier line, rope, O.H.G. zeotar pole of a cart ), from PIE root *deu …   Etymology dictionary

  • tether — [n] fastening binding, bond, chain, cord, fetter, halter, harness, lead, leash, picket, restraint, rope, shackle; concept 475 tether [v] fasten batten, bind, chain, fetter, leash, manacle, moor, picket, restrain, rope, secure, shackle, tie;… …   New thesaurus

  • tether — ► NOUN ▪ a rope or chain with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement. ► VERB ▪ tie with a tether. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • Tether — Teth er, n. [Formerly tedder, OE. tedir; akin to LG. tider, tier, Icel. tj[=o]?r, Dan. t[ o]ir. [root]64.] 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tether — Teth er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tethered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tethering}.] To confine, as an animal, with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits. [1913 Webster] And by a slender cord was tethered to a stone. Wordsworth. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tether — index fix (make firm), handcuff, restrict, trammel Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Tether — A tether is a cord that anchors something movable to a stationary point. There are a number of applications for tethers, but the primary use is limiting the movement of animals.Fact|date=February 2008 Uses for tethers*Animal husbandry, to tether… …   Wikipedia

  • tether — [[t]te̱ðə(r)[/t]] tethers, tethering, tethered 1) PHRASE: tether inflects, usu at PHR, v PHR If you say that you are at the end of your tether, you mean that you are so worried, tired, and unhappy because of your problems that you feel you cannot …   English dictionary

  • tether — I UK [ˈteðə(r)] / US [ˈteðər] verb [transitive] Word forms tether : present tense I/you/we/they tether he/she/it tethers present participle tethering past tense tethered past participle tethered to tie an animal or object to something so that it… …   English dictionary

  • tether — /ˈtɛðə / (say tedhuh) noun 1. a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened, as to a stake, so that its range of movement is limited. 2. the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or… …  

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