from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An iron bar to which sliding fetters are attached, formerly used to shackle the feet of prisoners.
- n. Archaic A sword, especially one having a well-tempered blade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device for punishment. See bilboes.
- n. A kind of sword with well-tempered and flexible blade, originally produced in Bilbao and Toledo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rapier; a sword; so named from Bilbao, in Spain.
- n. A long bar or bolt of iron with sliding shackles, and a lock at the end, to confine the feet of prisoners or offenders, esp. on board of ships.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a sword or sword-blade, famous for extreme elasticity, made in Bilbao in Spain.
- n. Hence Any sword.
- n. A long bar or bolt of iron having sliding shackles and a lock, formerly used to confine the feet of prisoners or offenders, especially on board ship: usually in the plural.
After Bilbao .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Bilbo (in Basque), or Bilbao, a city in Spain. (Wiktionary)