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Definition of "tether" [teth•er]

  • A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a short radius in which it can move about. (noun)
  • A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, especially for young children and astronauts. (noun)
  • A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding one, especially an animal, in place, allowing a short radius in which one can move about. (noun)
  • The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance: drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether. (noun)
  • To fasten or restrict with or as if with a tether. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tether" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "A broken tether from the Korean tent offered additional hand-held protection."
  • "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."