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Shackle meaning

shackle - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. Stubble.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
  4. 4. A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple.
  7. 7. To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.
  8. 8. Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.
  9. 9. To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.
  10. 10. A link for connecting railroad cars; - called also drawlink, draglink, etc.
  11. 11. Open link closed with a bolt.
  12. 12. To fetter; restrain.

shackle - examples of usage

  1. This they did, and at the second heave the shackle came away. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  2. When I returned with the fresh pin, I screwed it into the shackle, clipped on the clewline, and sung out to the men to take a pull on the rope. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. It was much as I had supposed; the spectacle was all right, but the pin had gone out of the shackle, and the shackle itself was jammed into the sheavehole in the yard arm. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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