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  1. shacklesnoun

    Restraints, (usually metal) often joined by a chain, placed around a prisoner's wrists or ankles to restrict their movement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shacklesnoun

    wanting the singular. Fetters; gyves; chains for prisoners.

    Etymology: seacul , Saxon, schaeckels, Dutch.

    Himself he frees by secret means unseen,
    His shackles empty left, himself escaped clean. Fa. Queen.

    A servant commonly is less free in mind than in condition; his very will seems to be in bonds and shackles, and desire itself under durance and captivity. Robert South, Sermons.

    The forge in setters only is employed;
    Our iron mines exhausted and destroyed
    In shackles. John Dryden, Juv.


  1. shackles

    A shackle (or shacklebolt), 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 type of shackle used in mountaineering.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shackles

    Semicircular clumps of iron sliding upon a round bar, in which the legs of prisoners are occasionally confined to the deck. Manacles when applied to the wrists. (See BILBOES.)

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  1. shacklesnoun


Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shackles is ranked #81772 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shackles surname appeared 231 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shackles.

    75.3% or 174 total occurrences were White.
    16.8% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    5.1% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shackles in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shackles in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shackles in a Sentence

  1. Terpsichore Lindeman:

    The heaviest shackles and chains one can wear are those they cannot see. A slave with unseen shackles is the most bound.

  2. Fischel Benkhald:

    It feels like shackles have been removed from me and I feel a great sense of liberty now.

  3. Salvador Dalí:

    Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

  4. Barack Obama:

    Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty, it is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.

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