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Fetter


FET'TER, noun

1. A chain for the feet; a chain by which an animal is confined by the foot, either made fast or fixed, as a prisoner, or impeded in motion and hindered from leaping, as a horse whose fore and hind feet are confined by a chain.

The Philistines bound Samson with fetters of brass.

Judges 16:21.

2. Any thing that confines or restrains from motion.

Passions too fierce to be in fetters bound.

FET'TER, verb transitive

1. To put on fetters; to shackle or confine the feet with a chain.

2. To bind; to enchain; to confine; to restrain motion; to impose restraints on.

Fetter strong madness in a silken thread.