Fet·ter n. [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. 21.
2. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.
Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound. --Dryden.
Fet·ter, v. t.
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. --Milton.
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.
n : a shackle for the ankles or feet [syn: hobble]
v : restrain with fetters [syn: shackle]