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fetter


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fetter  \Fet"ter\,  n.  [AS.  fetor,  feter;  akin  to  OS  feter?s, 
  pl.,  OD  veter,  OHG.  fezzera  Icel.  fj["o]turr,  L.  pedi?a, 
  Gr  ?,  and  to  E.  foot.  [root]  77.  See  {Foot}.]  [Chiefly  used 
  in  the  plural,  {fetters}.] 
  1.  A  chain  or  shackle  for  the  feet;  a  chain  by  which  an 
  animal  is  confined  by  the  foot,  either  made  fast  or 
  disabled  from  free  and  rapid  motion;  a  bond;  a  shackle. 
 
  [They]  bound  him  with  fetters  of  brass.  --Judg.  xvi. 
  21. 
 
  2.  Anything  that  confines  or  restrains;  a  restraint. 
 
  Passion's  too  fierce  to  be  in  fetters  bound. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fetter  \Fet"ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fettered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Fettering}.] 
  1.  To  put  fetters  upon  to  shackle  or  confine  the  feet  of 
  with  a  chain;  to  bind. 
 
  My  heels  are  fettered,  but  my  fist  is  free 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  restrain  from  motion;  to  impose  restraints  on  to 
  confine;  to  enchain;  as  fettered  by  obligations. 
 
  My  conscience!  thou  art  fettered  More  than  my  shanks 
  and  wrists.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fetter 
  n  :  a  shackle  for  the  ankles  or  feet  [syn:  {hobble}] 
  v  :  restrain  with  fetters  [syn:  {shackle}] 




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