from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bind with or as if with chains.

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  • v. To restrain with, or as if with, chains

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bind with a chain; to hold in chains.
  • transitive v. To hold fast; to confine.
  • transitive v. To link together; to connect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chain; fasten with a chain; bind or hold in or as if in chains; hold in bondage; enthrall.
  • To hold fast; restrain; confine: as, to enchain the attention.
  • To link together; connect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. restrain or bind with chains


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  • 'enchain' a rational conversation, but nothing could I get out of him but rhapsodies about you in the frightfullest English that I ever heard out of a human head!

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Yet man can enchain elephants and employ them, according to their own wishes. '

    The Sultana's Dream

  • But to dismiss it as unnatural is to forbid it, drive it even further underground, and enchain the world as the perpetually dangerous place that George F. Will and his "realistic" reactionary cohorts suppose it to be.

    Stephen Mo Hanan: Where There's a Will There's a Won't

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  • Whilst hand with hand and arm with arm about their necks enchain

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Ideal more credible than the Actual: to enchain our hearts, to command our hopes, our regrets, our tears, for a mere brain-born

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • But though the books were never so interesting, and never so full of novelty to Tom, they could not so enchain him, in those mysterious chambers, as to render him unconscious, for a moment, of the lightest sound.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • On the other hand, in the nation at large there was growing up a feeling that at the top there were a set of giants — Titans — who, without heart or soul, and without any understanding of or sympathy with the condition of the rank and file, were setting forth to enchain and enslave them.

    The Titan

  • Thus man, the giant who now held her in captivity, would shrink to the diminutiveness of a fairy; and she would experience, that his utmost force was unable to enchain her soul, or compel her to fear him, while he was destitute of virtue.

    The Italian

  • I never can touch her hand, or a ringlet of her head, or a ribbon of her dress, but I will make privileges for myself: every feature of her face, her bright eyes, her lips, shall go through each change they know, for my pleasure: display each exquisite variety of glance and curve, to delight - thrill - perhaps, more hopelessly to enchain me.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte


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  • With this hope, however, academies have been instituted, to guard the avenues of their languages, to retain fugitives, and repulse intruders; but their vigilance and activity have hitherto been vain; sounds are too volatile and subtile for legal restraints; to enchain syllables, and to lash the wind, are equally the undertakings of pride, unwilling to measure its desires by its strength.

    —Johnson, preface to his Dictionary

    Chiquitita, tell me what's wrong

    You're enchained by your own sorrow


    October 24, 2008