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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.]
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tether

(ˈtɛðə)
n
1. a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
2. the range of one's endurance, etc
3. at the end of one's tether distressed or exasperated to the limit of one's endurance
vb
(tr) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
[C14: from Old Norse tjothr; related to Middle Dutch tūder tether, Old High German zeotar pole of a wagon]
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teth•er

(ˈtɛð ər)

n.
1. a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
2. the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
v.t.
3. to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
Idioms:
at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
[1350–1400; < Old Norse tjōthr, akin to Frisian tyader, tieder, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German tūder tether]
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tether


Past participle: tethered
Gerund: tethering

Imperative
tether
tether
Present
I tether
you tether
he/she/it tethers
we tether
you tether
they tether
Preterite
I tethered
you tethered
he/she/it tethered
we tethered
you tethered
they tethered
Present Continuous
I am tethering
you are tethering
he/she/it is tethering
we are tethering
you are tethering
they are tethering
Present Perfect
I have tethered
you have tethered
he/she/it has tethered
we have tethered
you have tethered
they have tethered
Past Continuous
I was tethering
you were tethering
he/she/it was tethering
we were tethering
you were tethering
they were tethering
Past Perfect
I had tethered
you had tethered
he/she/it had tethered
we had tethered
you had tethered
they had tethered
Future
I will tether
you will tether
he/she/it will tether
we will tether
you will tether
they will tether
Future Perfect
I will have tethered
you will have tethered
he/she/it will have tethered
we will have tethered
you will have tethered
they will have tethered
Future Continuous
I will be tethering
you will be tethering
he/she/it will be tethering
we will be tethering
you will be tethering
they will be tethering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tethering
you have been tethering
he/she/it has been tethering
we have been tethering
you have been tethering
they have been tethering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tethering
you will have been tethering
he/she/it will have been tethering
we will have been tethering
you will have been tethering
they will have been tethering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tethering
you had been tethering
he/she/it had been tethering
we had been tethering
you had been tethering
they had been tethering
Conditional
I would tether
you would tether
he/she/it would tether
we would tether
you would tether
they would tether
Past Conditional
I would have tethered
you would have tethered
he/she/it would have tethered
we would have tethered
you would have tethered
they would have tethered
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tether - restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animaltether - restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
constraint, restraint - a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
Verb1.tether - tie with a tether; "tether horses"
attach - cause to be attached
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tether

noun
1. leash, rope, lead, bond, chain, restraint, fastening, shackle, fetter, halter The eagle sat on a tether, looking fierce.
verb
1. tie, secure, bind, chain, rope, restrain, fasten, shackle, leash, fetter, manacle He dismounted, tethering his horse to a tree.
at the end of your tether exasperated, exhausted, at your wits' end, finished, out of patience, at the limit of your endurance She was emotionally at the end of her tether.
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Translations
حَبْل تُرْبَط به الدابَّه لِتَرْعىيَرْبُط الدابَّه بِحَبْل إلى عَمود
uvázatúvazek
tøjrtøjre
kipányváz
tjóîratjóîur
piesietpinekļisaitevalgs
bağlamakhayvan bağlama ipi

tether

[ˈteðəʳ]
A. Nronzal m, soga f
to be at the end of one's tetherno aguantar más, no poder más
B. VT [+ animal] → atar (con una cuerda) (to a)
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tether

[ˈtɛðər]
vtattacher
n (= rope, chain) → attache f
to be at the end of one's tether (fig)être à bout
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tether

n (lit)Strick m; (= chain)Kette f; he was at the end of his tether (Brit fig inf: = annoyed, impatient) → ihm hats gereicht (inf); (= desperate)er war am Ende (inf)
vt (also tether up) animalanbinden, festbinden
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tether

[ˈtɛðəʳ]
1. nlaccio
to be at the end of one's tether (fig) → non poterne più
2. vt (animal) → legare
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tether

(ˈteðə) noun
a rope or chain for tying an animal to a post etc. He put a tether on his horse.
verb
to tie with a tether. He tethered the goat to the post.
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References in classic literature ?
Several about it broke their tethers and plunged madly about the camp.
And here is my dear old Bac"; and she laid hold of the horns of a reindeer, that had a bright copper ring round its neck, and was tethered to the spot.
The kid was tethered to a stake beside the waterhole.
When we dragged him down into the draw, Dude sprang off to the end of his tether and shivered all over-- wouldn't let us come near him.
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.
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.
Underneath, a boat was tethered to one of the supports.
Having done that, and tethered him to the iron cramp at the front of the sledge where he had been before, he was going round the horse's quarters to put the breechband and pad straight and cover him with the cloth, but at that moment he noticed that something was moving in the sledge and Nikita's head rose up out of the snow that covered it.
And as they obeyed, Michael strained backward in a paroxysm of rage, making fierce short jumps to the end of the tether as he snarled and growled with utmost fierceness at the steward.
An interesting question, but Margaret fell asleep, tethered by affection, and lulled by the murmurs of the river that descended all the night from Wales.
Great heaps of ashes; stagnant pools, overgrown with rank grass and duckweed; broken turnstiles; and the upright posts of palings long since carried off for firewood, which menaced all heedless walkers with their jagged and rusty nails; were the leading features of the landscape: while here and there a donkey, or a ragged horse, tethered to a stake, and cropping off a wretched meal from the coarse stunted turf, were quite in keeping with the scene, and would have suggested (if the houses had not done so, sufficiently, of themselves) how very poor the people were who lived in the crazy huts adjacent, and how foolhardy it might prove for one who carried money, or wore decent clothes, to walk that way alone, unless by daylight.
A dry-wood fire had been lit, and round this the leaders crouched, the glare beating upon their rugged faces, while the hardy archers lounged and chatted amid the tethered horses, while they munched their scanty provisions.