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From Middle English tether, teder, from Old English *tēoder and/or Old Norse tjóðr ( > Danish tøjr); both from Proto-Germanic *teudrą (rope; cord; shaft), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *dewtro-, from Proto-Indo-European *dew- (to tie), or from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (to pull). Cognate with North German Tüder (tether for binding the cattle).


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  • Rhymes: -ɛðə(r)


tether (plural tethers)

  1. a rope, cable etc. that holds something in place whilst allowing some movement
  2. (nautical, sailing) a strong rope or line that connects a sailor's safety harness to the boat's jackstay
  3. (by extension) the limit of one's abilities, resources etc.
  4. (dialectal) The cardinal number three in an old counting system used in Teesdale and Swaledale. (Variant of tethera)


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tether (third-person singular simple present tethers, present participle tethering, simple past and past participle tethered)

  1. to restrict something with a tether.
  2. (Internet) to connect a cellular smartphone to another personal computer in order to give it access to a hotspot.
  3. to connect something to something else. (clarification of this definition is needed)