from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet.
- n. Something that serves to restrict; a restraint.
- transitive v. To put fetters on; shackle.
- transitive v. To restrict the freedom of. See Synonyms at hamper1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chain or similar object used to bind a person or animal - often by its legs (usually in plural).
- n. Anything that restricts or restrains in any way.
- v. To shackle or bind up with fetters
- v. To restrain or impede; to hamper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.
- transitive v. To put fetters upon; to shackle or confine the feet of with a chain; to bind.
- transitive v. To restrain from motion; to impose restraints on; to confine; to enchain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chain or bar by which a person or an animal is confined by the foot, so that he is either made fast to an object or deprived of free motion by having one foot attached to the other; a shackle.
- n. Anything that confines or restrains from motion; a restraint; a check.
- n. Synonyms Gyve, Manacle, etc. See shackle, n.
- To put fetters upon; shackle or confine, as with fetters; hence, to bind; confine; restrain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restrain with fetters
- n. a shackle for the ankles or feet
Middle English feter, from Old English; see ped- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English feter. (Wiktionary)