- a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
- the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
verb (used with object)
- to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
- Digital Technology. to use (an electronic device, usually a smartphone or tablet) to enable a wireless Internet connection on another nearby device, often a laptop: There’s no wi-fi, so I’ll have to tether my phone to my laptop.
verb (used without object)
- Digital Technology. to use an electronic device to enable a wireless Internet connection on another device.
- at the end of one’s tether, at the end of one’s resources, patience, or strength.
- a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
- the range of one’s endurance, etc
- at the end of one’s tether distressed or exasperated to the limit of one’s endurance
- (tr) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
n.late 14c., “rope for fastening an animal,” probably from Old Norse tjoðr “tether,” from Proto-Germanic *teudran (cf. Danish tøir, Swedish tjuder, Old Frisian tiader, Middle Dutch tuder, Dutch tuier “line, rope,” Old High German zeotar “pole of a cart”), from PIE root *deu- “to fasten” + instrumentive suffix *-tro-. Figurative sense of “measure of one’s limitations” is attested from 1570s. v.late 15c., from tether (n.). Related: Tethered; tethering. see end of one’s rope (tether).