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Definition to tie so as to limit the boundaries of movement; or the rope or other material used to do the tying
  • The horses were tethered to a post.
tethered = tied
  • The astronaut is tethered to the space station while doing outside repairs.
  • tethered = tied
  • Mom took me off the BiPAP, I tethered myself to a portable tank, and stumbled into my bathroom to brush my teeth.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • tethered = tied (by plugging in)
  • They were very fat goats, but the fattest of all was tethered to a peg near the wall of the compound and was as big as a small cow.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • tethered = tied
  • The goat was tethered in the center of the field, thirty yards from the nearest trees.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • tethered = tied
  • Laila watched a trio of men far below, talking near a cow tethered to a fence.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • tethered = tied
  • Maybe all that anger was the last string tethering him to sanity as he waited.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • tethering = tying
  • On a separate raft, tethered to the first, lay another crewman, a gash zigzagging across his forehead.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • tethered = tied
  • She walked all over the mountain but found her tied to the fence behind the corral, tethered with an intricate knot that nobody used except her father, Lott.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • tethered = tied
  • A few hot-air balloons pulled at their tethers against the darkening pink sky, their passengers shooting safety fireworks at other balloons and passing parasailers.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • tethers = ropes (holding them down)
  • ...she began to feel as if she were floating and drifting upward. She lifted higher and part of her liked the sensation but another part of her felt untethered and frightened. She tried to find the place in her heart where her life was anchored,
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • untethered = unbound (to earth by earth's gravity)
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in untethered means not and reverses the meaning of tethered. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • A nurse came in and took out my IV. I felt untethered even though I still had the oxygen tank to carry around with me.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • untethered = no longer tied to a place
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in untethered means not and reverses the meaning of tethered. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • I'm guided by the pure Anne within, but on the outside I'm nothing but a frolicsome little goat tugging at its tether.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • tether = rope (limiting movement by tying one end of a rope to a fixed location and the other end to an animal)
    (editor's note:  If you've ever played tetherball, it will be easier to remember the meaning of tether.)
  • That night, with the horse tethered in the front yard, Mrs. Molnar and Goldie set about making meals for Lale to take on his journey.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • tethered = tied
  • I light a fire, for we have brought supply of wood with us, and she prepare food while I undo the horses and set them, tethered in shelter, to feed.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • tethered = tied
  • Were we going to steal the clapper of the school bell, or would we tether a cow in chapel?
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • tether = tie
    (editor's note:  If you've ever played tetherball, it will be easier to remember the meaning of tether.)
  • It took my muddy brain a moment to understand: she had reached the end of her tether.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • tether = rope
    (editor's note:  If you've ever played tetherball, it will be easier to remember the meaning of tether.)
  • But now wands waved in the city's air, untethered and free, phones in the millions, and a number could be obtained in minutes, for a pittance.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • untethered = not bound (by cords)
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in untethered means not and reverses the meaning of tethered. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • They both let the ropes slide through their hands, and the boat fell and hit the water with a slap. It bounced and rocked and pulled against its tether, but Doon's knot held.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • tether = rope holding it in place
    (editor's note:  If you've ever played tetherball, it will be easier to remember the meaning of tether.)
  • And as soon as there was a lull you could hear his high-pitched yells of encouragement to Kala Nag, above the trumpeting and crashing, and snapping of ropes, and groans of the tethered elephants.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
tethered = tied

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