shackle, bond, hamper, trammel(noun)
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar
bind the arms of
restrain with fetters
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.
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. Sometimes referred to as a D shackle, a D closure or a green pin shackle.
To restrain using shackles; to place in shackles.
By extension, to render immobile or incapable; to inhibit the progress or abilities of someone or something.
This law would effectively shackle its opposition.
Origin: Akin to Old Norse skǫkull ( > Danish skagle).
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
hence, that which checks or prevents free action
a fetterlike band worn as an ornament
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
a link for connecting railroad cars; -- called also drawlink, draglink, etc
the hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple
to tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain
figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber
to join by a link or chain, as railroad cars
Origin: [Generally used in the plural.]
A shackle, also known as a gyve, is a U-shaped piece of metal secured with a clevis pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism. The term also applies to handcuffs and other similarly conceived restraint devices that function in a similar manner. Shackles are the primary connecting link in all manner of rigging systems, from boats and ships to industrial crane rigging, as they allow different rigging subsets to be connected or disconnected quickly. A shackle is also the similarly shaped piece of metal used with a locking mechanism in padlocks. A carabiner is a variety of shackle used in mountaineering.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shak′l, n. a curved bar, as of iron: a link or staple: a link securing two ankle-rings or two wrist-rings together, and so (pl.) fetters, manacles: a hinderance.—v.t. to fetter: to tie the limbs of: to confine.—ns. Shack′le-bolt, a bolt having a shackle on the end: (her.) a bearing representing a fetlock for hobbling a horse; Shack′le-joint, a peculiar kind of articulation seen in the exoskeleton of some fishes. [A.S. sceacul, scacul, a shackle—sceacan, to shake; cog. with Old Dut. schakel, a link of a chain, Ice. skökull, the pole of a cart.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
In telegraph lines a swinging insulator bracket for use where wires make an angle with the pole. A journal box is attached to the pole, like half of a gate hinge. To this a short iron arm is pivoted so as to be free to swing through a considerable angle. At its end an insulator is carried to which the wire is attached. The shackle swings into line with the wire, or takes a position for two wires corresponding to the resultant of their directions of pull.
The numerical value of shackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of shackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The treatment of the family is unacceptable, it just shows the lack of training when we shackle a grieving sister, threaten a grieving mother and not even take care of a child lying on the ground.
My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit.
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Translations for shackle
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- Handschellen, SchäkelGerman
- grillete, grillosSpanish
- kahleet, sakkeliFinnish
- enchainer, manille, menottesFrench
- béklyó, bilincsHungarian
- maniglione, grillo, ceppo, maniglia, anello con pernoItalian
- оков, амут, пранга, амMacedonian
- manilha, grilhãoPortuguese
- наручники, кандалы, соединительная скоба, оковы, мочка, хомутRussian
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