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4 definitions found
 for fetter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              My heels are fettered, but my fist is free.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. To restrain from motion; to impose restraints on; to
        confine; to enchain; as, fettered by obligations.
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              My conscience! thou art fettered
              More than my shanks and wrists.       --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fetter \Fet"ter\ (f[e^]t"t[~e]r), n. [AS. fetor, feter; akin to
     OS. feter[=o]s, pl., OD. veter, OHG. fezzera, Icel.
     fj["o]turr, L. pedica, Gr. pe`dh, 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.
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              [They] bound him with fetters of brass. --Judg. xvi.
                                                    21.
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     2. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.
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              Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fetter
      n 1: a shackle for the ankles or feet [syn: fetter, hobble]
      v 1: restrain with fetters [syn: fetter, shackle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  119 Moby Thesaurus words for "fetter":
     Oregon boat, anchor, arrest, bearing rein, bilbo, bind, bit, bond,
     bonds, brake, bridle, burden, camisole, chain, chains, check,
     checkrein, chock, clog, collar, countercheck, cramp, cripple,
     cuffs, cumber, curb, curb bit, damper, doorstop, drag, drag sail,
     drift anchor, drift sail, drogue, embarrass, enchain, encumber,
     enmesh, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine,
     fasten, gag, gyve, gyves, halter, hamper, hamstring, handcuff,
     handcuffs, handicap, harness, hitch up, hobble, hobbles, hog-tie,
     holdback, hook up, hopple, hopples, impede, involve, irons, lame,
     lash, leading strings, leash, lime, lumber, make fast, manacle,
     martingale, moor, muzzle, net, peg down, pelham, picket, pillory,
     pin down, pinion, press down, put in irons, reins, remora,
     restrain, restraint, restraints, rope, saddle, saddle with, scotch,
     sea anchor, secure, shackle, snaffle, snarl, spoke, stay, stocks,
     stop, straightjacket, strait-waistcoat, straitjacket, stranglehold,
     strap, tangle, tether, tie, tie down, tie up, toil, trammel,
     trammels, weigh down, yoke
  
  

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