Tethers are ropes or chains that are used to tie something down. They are often used to keep animals in a particular area, or to hold a boat in place.

  • The tethers were too short, and the boat drifted away.

  • The tethers were too long, and the dog was able to escape.

Definition of tethers


restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal


lead, leash


tie with a tether

Nearby Words

tethers Pronunciation in a video (2)

Example Sentences for tethers

  • 1

    Because of the tether, the motion is restricted.

  • 2

    The athlete then runs to the end of the tether and is forcefully stopped.

  • 3

    The butler has reached the end of his tether.

  • 4

    It seems like the counterweight is the easiest way to support the tether.

  • 5

    I'm pretty much at the end of the tether with the NLP article.

  • 6

    He told the jury he was at the end of his tether.

  • 7

    A line tethers the buoy to the object when the latch is released.

  • 8

    The effect on the space end of the tether will be to pull it down and backward.

  • 9

    Tethers also allowed for the stringing of telegraph wires back to the ground.

  • 10

    The entire elastic cord acts as a tether to return the ball to the user.