Definition of tether in English:

tether

Syllabification: teth·er
Pronunciation: /ˈteT͟Hər
 
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noun

  • A rope or chain with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement.
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    • Producers have used two types of tethers (neck and girth); both of which restrict sow movement.
    • With sows kept in tethers in a stall, their movement is restricted with a belt around their torsos just behind the front legs or around the neck.
    • The use of specialized animal stalls and tethers is accepted as a science-based industry standard of management.
    Synonyms
    rope, chain, cord, leash, lead; restraint, fetter; halter

verb

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  • 1Tie (an animal) with a rope or chain so as to restrict its movement: the horse had been tethered to a post
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    • He followed her calmly towards the stakes where the other horses were tethered and being watched.
    • Elephants are tethered by chains so people can climb on them for a cute photo for a fee of 10 yuan.
    • A docile Labrador dog was tethered five metres away from its owner, who was disguised as a tradesman.
    Synonyms
    tie, tie up, hitch, rope, chain; fasten, bind, fetter, secure
  • 2 (usually as noun tethering) Use (a smartphone) in order to connect a computer or other device to the Internet: one prediction is that tethering will cost around $30 per month, probably with some cap on the amount of data transfer allowed
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    • While his wireless service is critical to his work, Ferrer said he would not want the monthly total cost to rise to $500 or more, and urged the carriers to start offering discounts, such as dropping a $30 monthly charge for tethering a cell phone to a laptop.
    • As an added bonus, you'll be picking up a charge while you're tethered to your computer.
    • I would spend $20/month for tethering if I could pick and choose which months I wanted.

Phrases

the end of one's tether

see end.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old Norse tjóthr, from a Germanic base meaning 'fasten'.

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