tether

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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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tether (plural tethers)

  1. a rope, cable etc. that holds something in place whilst allowing some movement
  2. (by extension) the limit of one's abilities, resources etc.
  3. (dialect) 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.
  1. (Internet) to connect a personal computer and a smartphone in order to get wireless Internet access for the computer

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