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

  • To confine the hands of with handcuffs; shackle; hence, to restrain or fetter the will or action; impose constraint upon.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French manicle, from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.


  • An amnesiac, later identified asJake Lonergan Daniel Craig, recovers consciousness in the wilderness, horseless, a photo of a woman half-buried in the sand before him and a curious manacle or bracelet on his left arm, which, given the movie's title, suggests extraterrestrial origins.

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  • If the neck of the victim be broken by the alleged shrewd arrangement of knot and noose, and by the alleged shrewd calculation of the weight of the victim and the length of slack, then why do they manacle the arms of the victim?

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  • But at least the Spacing gang has the sense to reach beyond that geo-cultural manacle.

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  • “Thank the good Lord,” Minerva whispered, her fingers a manacle about his arm.

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  • Siren, we are on our wayfarer to the very darkroom of the forester, where manacle has grown the powerboat of the plow and pained to be human in the main.

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  • I'd read somewhere that over time the manacle got smaller until it was finally a tiny band worn on the finger.

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  • Jake had seen the look on her puss, the look she had worn every day since she got the manacle on his finger.

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  • He blindly swatted at her, but still she managed to manacle his wrist in a surprisingly strong grip, and then wedge her shoulder under his armpit as she straightened to lift him up.

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  • His ankle was red and raw where the iron manacle held it.


  • His strength was gone and the manacle was too strong.



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