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Meaning of FETTER

Pronunciation:  'fetur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a shackle for the ankles or feet
  2. [v]  restrain with fetters

FETTER is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
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