Fetter

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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. [1913 Webster] My heels are fettered, but my fist is free. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Fetter — Fetter, Adolf von, preuß. General, geb. 27. Juli 1846 in Köln, wurde 1865 Leutnant, besuchte 1869–1873 mit Unterbrechung durch den Krieg die Kriegsakademie, war zur Dienstleistung beim Großen Generalstab befehligt, wirkte als Lehrer an der… …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 4 fetter — I noun bond, bridle, catena, chain, check, compes, confinement, constraint, control, curb, detention, deterrence, deterrent, disadvantage, encumbrance, gyve, hamper, handicap, hindrance, impediment, imprisonment, incarceration, inhibition,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 fetter — vb shackle, *hamper, trammel, clog, manacle, hog tie Analogous words: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar, dam: *restrain, curb, check: baffle, balk, thwart, foil, *frustrate: bind, *tie Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 fetter — [v] tie up, hold bind, chain, check, clog, confine, cuff, curb, drag feet, encumber, hamper, hamstring*, handcuff, hang up, hinder, hobble, hog tie*, hold captive, leash, manacle, put straitjacket on*, repress, restrain, restrict, shackle, throw… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 fetter — ► NOUN 1) a chain or shackle placed around a prisoner s ankles. 2) a restraint or check. ► VERB 1) restrain with fetters. 2) (be fettered) be restricted. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 fetter — [fet′ər] n. [ME feter < OE < base of fot, FOOT, akin to Ger fessel] 1. a shackle or chain for the feet 2. anything that holds in check; restraint vt. [ME feterien < OE (ge)feterian] 1. to bind with fetters; shackle; chain …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 fetter — {{11}}fetter (n.) O.E. fetor chain or shackle for the feet, from P.Gmc. *fetero (Cf. O.S. feteros (pl.), M.Du. veter fetter, in modern Dutch lace, string, O.H.G. fezzera, O.N. fiöturr, Swed. fjätter), from PIE root *ped foot (see FOOT (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 fetter — UK [ˈfetə(r)] / US [ˈfetər] verb [transitive] Word forms fetter : present tense I/you/we/they fetter he/she/it fetters present participle fettering past tense fettered past participle fettered 1) literary to limit someone s freedom to do what… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 fetter — [OE] Etymologically, fetters are shackles for restraining the ‘feet’. The word comes from prehistoric Germanic *feterō, which derived ultimately from the same Indo European base, *ped , as produced English foot. The parallel Latin formation,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 12 fetter — verb 1) the captive was fettered Syn: shackle, manacle, handcuff, clap in irons, put in chains, chain (up); informal cuff; literary enfetter 2) these obligations fetter the company s powers Syn: restrict, restrain, constrain, limit …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 fetter — [OE] Etymologically, fetters are shackles for restraining the ‘feet’. The word comes from prehistoric Germanic *feterō, which derived ultimately from the same Indo European base, *ped , as produced English foot. The parallel Latin formation,… …

    Word origins

  • 14 fetter — I. noun Etymology: Middle English feter, from Old English; akin to Old English fōt foot Date: before 12th century 1. a chain or shackle for the feet 2. something that confines ; restraint II. transitive verb Date: before 12th century …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 fetter — fetterer, n. fetterless, adj. /fet euhr/, n. 1. a chain or shackle placed on the feet. 2. Usually, fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon the imagination. v.t. 3. to put fetters upon. 4. to confine; restrain. [bef …

    Universalium

  • 16 fetter — 1. noun /ˈfet.ə,ˈfɛt.ə,ˈfɛt.ɚ/ a) A chain or similar object used to bind a person or animal by its legs (usually in plural). b) Anything that restricts or restrains in any way. Syn: leg irons …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 Fetter — This most interesting and unusual surname has two possible derivations. Firstly, it may be of Anglo Saxon origin, deriving from the Anglo French, Middle English faitour , a doer or maker, which may have been a nickname given to someone who made… …

    Surnames reference

  • 18 fetter — Synonyms and related words: 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… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 Fetter — Vetter …

    Wörterbuch der deutschen familiennamen

  • 20 fetter — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. shackle, manacle, handcuff, [en]chain, put in irons; tie up, tie hand and foot, hobble, hog tie, strap down; check, restrain. See restraint. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To bind] Syn. shackle, tie up,… …

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