Fet"ter (?), n. [AS. fetor, feter; akin to OS. feters, pl., OD. veter, OHG. fezzera, Icel. fjoturr, L. pedia, 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. 21.

2.

Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.

Passion's too fierce to be in fetters bound.
Dryden.

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Fet"ter, v. t. [imp. & p.p. Fettered (); p.pr. & vb.n. Fettering.]

1. To put fetters upon; to shakle 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 restrains 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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