Shackle joint
Shackle 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. [1913 Webster]

His shackles empty left; himself escaped clean. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, that which checks or prevents free action. [1913 Webster]

His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. A fetterlike band worn as an ornament. [1913 Webster]

Most of the men and women . . . had all earrings made of gold, and gold shackles about their legs and arms. --Dampier. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. A link for connecting railroad cars; -- called also {drawlink}, {draglink}, etc. [1913 Webster]

6. The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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