Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (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.
2. (n.) Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.
3. (p. pr. & vb. n.) To put fetters upon; to shackle or confine the feet of with a chain; to bind.
4. (p. pr. & vb. n.) To restrain from motion; to impose restraints on; to confine; to enchain; as, fettered by obligations.