Manacle Man"a*cle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Manacled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Manacling}.] To put handcuffs or other fastening upon, for confining the hands; to shackle; to confine; to restrain from the use of the limbs or natural powers. [1913 Webster]

Is it thus you use this monarch, to manacle and shackle him hand and foot ? --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Manacle — Man a*cle, n. [OE. manicle, OF. manicle, F. manicle sort glove, manacle, L. manicula a little hand, dim. of manus hand; cf. L. manica sleeve, manacle, fr. manus. See {Manual}.] A handcuff; a shackle for the hand or wrist; usually in the plural.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manacle — ► NOUN ▪ a metal band or chain fastened around a person s hands or ankles to restrict their movement. ► VERB ▪ fetter with a manacle or manacles. ORIGIN Old French manicle handcuff , from Latin manus hand …   English terms dictionary

  • manacle — index constrain (imprison), contain (restrain), detain (restrain), fetter (noun), fetter (verb) …   Law dictionary

  • manacle — vb *hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, hog tie Analogous words: *hinder, impede, obstruct, bar, block: *tie, bind: *restrain, inhibit, curb, check …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • manacle — [n] handcuff bond, bracelet, chain, fetter, iron, pinion, shackle; concept 497 …   New thesaurus

  • manacle — [man′ə kəl] n. [ME manicle < OFr < L manicula, dim. of manus, hand: see MANUAL] 1. a handcuff; fetter or shackle for the hand 2. any restraint Usually used in pl. vt. manacled, manacling 1. to put handcuffs on; fetter …   English World dictionary

  • manacle — {{11}}manacle (n.) mid 14c., a fetter for the hand, from O.Fr. manicle manacles, handcuffs; bracelet; armor for the hands, from L. manicula handle, lit. little hand, dim. of manicae long sleeves of a tunic, gloves; armlets, gauntlets; handcuffs,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • manacle — I UK [ˈmænək(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms manacle : singular manacle plural manacles one of a pair of metal rings fastened around a prisoner s wrists or ankles and joined by a chain II UK [ˈmænək(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms… …   English dictionary

  • manacle — man|a|cle [ˈmænəkəl] n [C usually plural] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: manicle, from Latin manicula, from manus hand ] an iron ring on a chain that is put around the wrist or ↑ankle of a prisoner >manacle v [T] >manacled adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • manacle — man|a|cle1 [ mænəkl ] noun count one of a pair of metal rings fastened around a prisoner s wrists or ANKLES and joined by a chain manacle man|a|cle 2 [ mænəkl ] verb transitive to put manacles on a prisoner s wrists or ANKLES …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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