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Meaning of SHACKLE

Pronunciation:  'shakul

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    2. Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
             His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles.
    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
    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.
    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.