from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device for confining the hands, usually consisting of a set of two metal rings that are fastened about the wrists and joined by a metal chain.
- n. Something that confines or restrains.
- transitive v. To confine or restrain with or as if with manacles; fetter. See Synonyms at hamper1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shackle, consisting of a pair of joined rings, to restrict the free movement of the hands or feet.
- n. Any similar device such as a fetter or handcuffs.
- v. To confine with manacles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A handcuff; a shackle for the hand or wrist; -- usually in the plural.
- transitive v. To put handcuffs or other fastening upon, for confining the hands; to shackle; to confine; to restrain from the use of the limbs or natural powers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument of iron for fettering the hand; a handcuff or shackle: generally used in the plural.
- n. Synonyms Gyves, Fetter, etc. See shackle.
- To confine the hands of with handcuffs; shackle; hence, to restrain or fetter the will or action; impose constraint upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
- v. confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
Middle English, from Old French manicle, from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)