from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dress of strong materials for restraining maniacs or those who are violently delirious. It has long sleeves, which are closed at the ends, confining the hands, and may be tied behind the back.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as straitwaistcoat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person
- n. anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
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