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Meaning of SHACKLE

Pronunciation:  'shakul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
  2. [n]  a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar
  3. [v]  restrain with fetters
  4. [v]  bind the arms of
 

SHACKLE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: bond, fetter, hamper, pinion, trammel, trammels
 
 See Also: ball and chain, bar, chain, chains, confine, constraint, cuff, cuff, cuffs, fetter, handcuff, handcuff, handcuffs, handlock, hobble, hold, iron, irons, manacle, manacle, padlock, restrain, restraint

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Shac"kle\, n.
    Stubble. [Prov. Eng.] --Pegge.
    
    
  2. \Shac"kle\, n. [Generally used in the plural.] [OE.
    schakkyll, schakle, AS. scacul, sceacul, a shackle, fr.
    scacan to shake; cf. D. schakel a link of a chain, a mesh,
    Icel. sk["o]kull the pole of a cart. See {Shake}.]
    1. Something which confines the legs or arms so as to prevent
       their free motion; specifically, a ring or band inclosing
       the ankle or wrist, and fastened to a similar shackle on
       the other leg or arm, or to something else, by a chain or
       a strap; a gyve; a fetter.
    
             His shackles empty left; himself escaped clean.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
    2. Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
    
             His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles.
                                                   --South.
    
    3. A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.
    
             Most of the men and women . . . had all earrings
             made of gold, and gold shackles about their legs and
             arms.                                 --Dampier.
    
    4. A link or loop, as in a chain, fitted with a movable bolt,
       so that the parts can be separated, or the loop removed; a
       clevis.
    
    5. A link for connecting railroad cars; -- called also
       {drawlink}, {draglink}, etc.
    
    6. The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is
       hung to the staple. --Knight.
    
    {Shackle joint} (Anat.), a joint formed by a bony ring
       passing through a hole in a bone, as at the bases of
       spines in some fishes.
    
    
    
    
  3. \Shac"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shackled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Shackling}.]
    1. To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free
       motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.
    
             To lead him shackled, and exposed to scorn Of
             gathering crowds, the Britons' boasted chief. --J.
                                                   Philips.
    
    2. Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or
       embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.
    
             Shackled by her devotion to the king, she seldom
             could pursue that object.             --Walpole.
    
    3. To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars. [U. S.]
    
    {Shackle bar}, the coupling between a locomotive and its
       tender. [U.S.]
    
    {Shackle bolt}, a shackle. --Sir W. Scott.
    
    
 

 

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