Shackle

Definition of Shackle

Shac´kle
n.1.Stubble.
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.
2.Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles.
- South.
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 clevis.
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.
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.
v. t.1.To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.
[imp. & p. p. Shackled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shackling.]
To lead him shackled, and exposed to scorn
Of gathering crowds, the Britons' boasted chief.
- J. Philips.
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.
Shackle bar
the coupling between a locomotive and its tender.
Shackle bolt
a shackle.
- Sir W. Scott.

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