enchain [en chān′]
[ME encheinen < OFr enchainer: see EN-1 & CHAIN]
1. to bind or hold with chains; fetter
2. to hold fast; captivate

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  • Enchain — En*chain , v. t. [F. encha[^i]ner; pref. en (L. in) cha[^i]ne chain. See {Chain}, and cf. {Incatenation}.] 1. To bind with a chain; to hold in chains. [1913 Webster] 2. To hold fast; to confine; as, to enchain attention. [1913 Webster] 3. To link …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enchain — index confine, contain (restrain), fetter, handcuff, repress, restrain, restrict, trammel …   Law dictionary

  • enchain — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English encheynen, from Anglo French enchaener, from en + chaene chain Date: 14th century to bind or hold with or as if with chains • enchainment noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • enchain — enchainment, n. /en chayn /, v.t. 1. to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain: to be enchained by ignorance and superstition. 2. to hold fast, as the attention. [1350 1400; ME < AF, OF enchainer, enchaener. See EN 1, CHAIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • enchain — verb To restrain with, or as if with, chains …   Wiktionary

  • enchain — (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To confine] Syn. pinion, handcuff, bind, fetter; see bind 1 . 2. [To attract] Syn. captivate, hypnotize, mesmerize; see fascinate …   English dictionary for students

  • enchain — v. lock up in chains, restrain …   English contemporary dictionary

  • enchain — v. a. 1. Bind, shackle, manacle, enslave, hold in chains, hold in bondage. 2. Hold, rivet, fix, hold fast …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • enchain — v 1. fetter, enfetter, shackle, pinion, trammel, entrammel; handcuff, manacle, put in bilboes, put in irons; restrain, confine, secure; bind, truss; hamper, hobble, immobilize. 2. hold fast, rivet, captivate, engross; mesmerize, magnetize,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • enchain — en·chain …   English syllables