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



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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.

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