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 for hamper
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hamper \Ham"per\, n. [See Hamper to shackle.]
     1. A shackle; a fetter; anything which impedes. --W. Browne.
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     2. (Naut.) Articles ordinarily indispensable, but in the way
        at certain times. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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     Top hamper (Naut.), unnecessary spars and rigging kept
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hamper \Ham"per\ (h[a^]m"p[~e]r), n. [Contr. fr. hanaper.]
     A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing
     and carrying of articles; as, a hamper of wine; a clothes
     hamper; an oyster hamper, which contains two bushels.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hamper \Ham"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hampered (-p[~e]rd); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Hampering.]
     To put in a hamper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hamper \Ham"per\, v. t. [OE. hamperen, hampren, prob. of the
     same origin as E. hamble.]
     To put a hamper or fetter on; to shackle; to insnare; to
     inveigle; to entangle; hence, to impede in motion or
     progress; to embarrass; to encumber. "Hampered nerves."
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           A lion hampered in a net.                --L'Estrange.
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           They hamper and entangle our souls.      --Tillotson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially
           something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner) [syn:
           shackle, bond, hamper, trammel]
      2: a basket usually with a cover
      v 1: prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered
           in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation
           wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small
           countries" [syn: hamper, halter, cramp, strangle]
      2: put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering
         my movements" [syn: handicap, hinder, hamper]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  180 Moby Thesaurus words for "hamper":
     Oregon boat, anchor, bag, balk, bar, barrel, barricade, basket,
     bear hard upon, bilbo, bind, block, bond, bonds, bottle, box,
     box up, bridle, burden, burthen, camisole, can, capsule, cargo,
     carton, case, cask, chain, chains, charge, check, clog, collar,
     cramp, crate, creel, crimp, cripple, cross, cuffs, cumber,
     cumbrance, curb, curtail, deadweight, delay, difficulty, diminish,
     disadvantage, discomfit, embarrass, embarrassment, encase, enchain,
     encumber, encumbrance, encyst, enmesh, ensnarl, entangle, entoil,
     entrammel, entrap, entwine, fasten, fetter, foil, freight,
     frustrate, gag, gyve, gyves, halter, hamstring, handcuff,
     handcuffs, handicap, hinder, hobble, hobbles, hog-tie, hold up,
     hopple, hopples, hurdle, impede, impediment, impedimenta,
     imposition, inconvenience, inhibit, interfere with, involve, irons,
     jar, lade, lame, lash, leading strings, leash, lessen, lime, limit,
     load, lumber, make fast, manacle, moor, muzzle, net, obstruct,
     obstruction, onus, oppress, overburden, overload, overtax,
     overweight, pack, package, pannier, parcel, peg down, penalty,
     picket, pillory, pin down, pinion, pot, press down,
     press hard upon, prevent, punnet, put in irons, reduce, reins,
     rest hard upon, restrain, restraint, restraints, restrict, retard,
     rope, rub, sack, saddle, saddle with, secure, shackle, slow, snag,
     snarl, stocks, straightjacket, strait-waistcoat, straitjacket,
     stranglehold, strap, stumbling block, tangle, tank, tax, tether,
     thwart, tie, tie down, tie up, tight-fisted, tin, toil, trammel,
     trammels, trouble, weigh down, weigh heavy on, weigh on,
     weigh upon, weight, white elephant, yoke

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