Shackle 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. [1913 Webster]

To lead him shackled, and exposed to scorn Of gathering crowds, the Britons' boasted chief. --J. Philips. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber. [1913 Webster]

Shackled by her devotion to the king, she seldom could pursue that object. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

3. To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{Shackle bar}, the coupling between a locomotive and its tender. [U.S.]

{Shackle bolt}, a shackle. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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