fetters
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. [1913 Webster]

[They] bound him with fetters of brass. --Judg. xvi. 21. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint. [1913 Webster]

Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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