shackle

  • 1 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 shackle — [n] restraint bracelet, chain, cuff, electronic ankle bracelet, fetter, handcuff, irons, leg iron, manacle, rope, trammel; concepts 130,191,500 shackle [v] restrain bind, chain, confine, cuff, fetter, handcuff, hog tie*, hold, hold captive,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 shackle — [shak′əl] n. [ME schakel < OE sceacel, akin to MDu schakel, chain link < ? IE base * (s)kenk , to gird, bind] 1. a metal fastening, usually one of a linked pair, for the wrist or ankle of a prisoner; fetter; manacle 2. anything that… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Shackle — Shac kle, n. Stubble. [Prov. Eng.] Pegge. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 shackle — index arrest (apprehend), constrain (imprison), contain (restrain), detain (restrain), d …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 shackle — vb fetter, clog, trammel, *hamper, manacle, hog tie Analogous words: *restrain, curb, check, inhibit: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar: restrict, circumscribe, confine, *limit Contrasted words: disencumber, disembarrass, *extricate: release …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 shackle — ► NOUN 1) (shackles) a pair of fetters connected by a chain, used to fasten a prisoner s wrists or ankles together. 2) (shackles) restraints or impediments. 3) a metal link or loop, closed by a bolt and used to secure a chain or rope to something …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Shackle — A shackle (also called gyve) is a U shaped piece of metal secured with a pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick release locking pin mechanism. They are used as a connecting link in all manner of rigging… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 shackle — {{11}}shackle (n.) O.E. sceacel, from P.Gmc. *skakula (Cf. M.Du., Du. schakel link of a chain, O.N. skökull pole of a carriage ), of uncertain origin. The common notion of something to fasten or attach makes a connection with shake unlikely.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 shackle — I UK [ˈʃæk(ə)l] / US noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms shackle : singular shackle plural shackles 1) mainly literary something that prevents you from doing what you want to do 2) one of a pair of connected metal rings that can be locked …

    English dictionary

  • 12 shackle — shackler, n. /shak euhl/, n., v., shackled, shackling. n. 1. a ring or other fastening, as of iron, for securing the wrist, ankle, etc.; fetter. 2. a hobble or fetter for a horse or other animal. 3. the U shaped bar of a padlock, one end of which …

    Universalium

  • 13 shackle — 1. noun a) A restraint fit over a human or animal appendage, such as a wrist, ankle or finger. Usually used in plural, to indicate a pair joined by a chain. b) A U shaped piece of metal secured with a pin or bo …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 shackle — /ˈʃækəl / (say shakuhl) noun 1. a ring or fastening of iron or the like for securing the wrist, ankle, etc.; a fetter. 2. a hobble or fetter for a horse or other animal. 3. any of various fastening or coupling devices, as the curved bar of a… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 shackle — A swinging support which is used to attach the ends of a leaf spring to the frame of the vehicle. The shackle is needed to take care of the changes in length of the spring as it moves up and down. See spring shackle swinging shackle …

    Dictionary of automotive terms

  • 16 shackle — n. & v. n. 1 a metal loop or link, closed by a bolt, to connect chains etc. 2 a fetter enclosing the ankle or wrist. 3 (usu. in pl.) a restraint or impediment. v.tr. fetter, impede, restrain. Phrases and idioms: shackle bolt 1 a bolt for closing… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 Shackle — Recorded in several spellings as shown below, this is an English medieval surname. It has at least two possible origins. The first is as a metonymic occupational name, given to a man who made and or sold chains, fetters, and shackles. This is… …

    Surnames reference

  • 18 shackle — v. (d; tr.) to shackle to (the prisoner was shackled to the bars) * * * [ ʃæk(ə)l] (d; tr.) to shackle to (the prisoner was shackled to the bars) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 shackle — shack•le [[t]ˈʃæk əl[/t]] n. v. led, ling 1) a ring or other fastening, as of iron, for securing the wrist, ankle, etc.; fetter 2) a hobble or fetter for a horse or other animal 3) bui theU shaped bar of a padlock 4) bui any of various fastening… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 shackle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English schakel, from Old English sceacul; akin to Old Norse skǫkull pole of a cart Date: before 12th century 1. something (as a manacle or fetter) that confines the legs or arms 2. something that checks or prevents free …

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