Definitions for: Fetter

[n] a shackle for the ankles or feet
[v] restrain with fetters

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

2. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.

Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound.

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.

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.

Synonyms: hobble, shackle

See Also: bond, confine, cuff, hamper, handcuff, hold, manacle, restrain, shackle, trammel, trammels

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