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teth·er

 (tĕth′ər)
n.
1.
a. A rope, chain, strap, or cord for keeping an animal within a certain radius.
b. A similar ropelike restraint used as a safety measure, as for a young child or an astronaut outside a spacecraft.
c. A rope, chain, cable, or other line for restraining or securing an object: a blimp attached to the ground by tethers.
2. The extent or limit of one's resources, abilities, or endurance: drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.
3. A range of allowable behavior or responsibility: kept the new assistant on a short tether.
tr.v. teth·ered, teth·er·ing, teth·ers
To restrain or secure with a tether.

[Middle English teder, from Old Norse tjōdhr.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tethered - confined or restricted with or as if with a rope or chain
bound - confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages"
References in classic literature ?
They had left their mules tethered some distance back, in a sheltering clump of trees, and they hoped the animals would be safe.
The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite spectre of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard.
As when the stricken whale, that from the tub has reeled out hundreds of fathoms of rope; as, after deep sounding, he floats up again, and shows the slackened curling line buoyantly rising and spiralling towards the air; so now, Starbuck saw long coils of the umbilical cord of Madame Leviathan, by which the young cub seemed still tethered to its dam.
The led cows, hastily brought in and tethered to anything that would hold them, were looking stupidly on, or lying down chewing the cud of nothing particularly repaying their trouble, which they had picked up in their interrupted saunter.
And as soon as there was a lull you could hear his high-pitched yells of encouragement to Kala Nag, above the trumpeting and crashing, and snapping of ropes, and groans of the tethered elephants.
Presently I reached a great plain where a grazing horse was tethered, and as I stood looking at it I heard voices talking apparently underground, and in a moment a man appeared who asked me how I came upon the island.
The kid was tethered to a stake beside the waterhole.
I light a fire, for we have brought supply of wood with us, and she prepare food while I undo the horses and set them, tethered in shelter, to feed.
Yet a certain feeling, you may understand, tethered me in a circle of a few miles round the point of my arrival.
Several trappers stole quietly from the camp, and succeeded in driving in the horses which had broken away; the rest were tethered still more strongly.
A heavy fall of rain caused the river to overflow its banks, dislodged them from their encampment, and drowned three of their horses which were tethered in the low ground.
Here were all manner of Northern folk, tending tethered ponies and kneeling camels; loading and unloading bales and bundles; drawing water for the evening meal at the creaking well-windlasses; piling grass before the shrieking, wild-eyed stallions; cuffing the surly caravan dogs; paying off camel-drivers; taking on new grooms; swearing, shouting, arguing, and chaffering in the packed square.