from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A device, usually one of a pair connected to a chain, that encircles the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or captive.
- noun A hobble for an animal.
- noun Any of several devices, such as a clevis, used to fasten or couple.
- noun A restraint or check on action or progress.
- transitive verb To put shackles on (someone); confine with shackles.
- transitive verb To fasten or connect with a shackle.
- transitive verb To restrict, confine, or hamper. synonym: hobble.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A raffle.
- noun Stubble.
- In electricity, to place an insulator between the ends of (a wire that has been cut).
- To chain; confine with shackles; manacle or fetter; hence, figuratively, to confine or bind so as to prevent or impede free action; clog; embarrass; hamper; impede; trammel.
- To join or make fast with a shackle.
- noun A bent or curved bar, as of iron, forming a link or staple used independently and not forming part of a continuous chain.
- noun A form of insulator used for supporting telegraph-wires where the strain is considerable. It is usually of porcelain, with a hole through the center through which a bolt passes. This bolt secures the insulating spool to two iron straps by which it is secured to the pole or other support.
- noun Hence Figuratively, anything which hinders, restrains, or confines.
- noun In heraldry, some part of a chain or fetter used as a bearing, usually a single long, narrow link.
- noun The wrist.
- noun Synonyms . Shackle, Gyves, Manacle, Fetter, Shackle and gyves are general words, being: applicable to chains for either the arms or the legs, or perhaps any other part of the body, but gyves is now only elevated or poetic. By derivation, manacles are for the hands, and fetters for the feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
- noun Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
- noun A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.
- noun 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.
- noun A link for connecting railroad cars; -- called also
drawlink, draglink, etc.
- noun The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple.
- noun (Anat.) a joint formed by a bony ring passing through a hole in a bone, as at the bases of spines in some fishes.
- transitive verb To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.
- transitive verb Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.
- transitive verb United States To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.
- transitive verb [U.S.] the coupling between a locomotive and its tender.
- transitive verb a shackle.
- noun Prov. Eng. Stubble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
restraintfit over a human or animal appendage, such as a wrist, ankleor finger. Usually used in plural, to indicate a pair joined by a chain; a hobble.
- noun A U-shaped piece of
metalsecured with a pinor boltacross the opening, or a hingedmetal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism.
- noun figuratively, usually in plural A
restrainton one's action, activity, or progress.
- verb To
restrainusing shackles; to place in shackles.
- verb By extension, to render
immobileor incapable; to inhibitthe progressor abilitiesof someone or something.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar
- verb restrain with fetters
- noun a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
- verb bind the arms of
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
She trotted out a line she's used before - going back, as JMart points out, at least a year to her fall appearance in Iowa - where she asked this question, Does a title shackle a person...
"Is a title worth it-- does a title shackle a person?" the former Alaska governor asked during a discussion of her 2012 plans
In fact, the chain shackle and wire rope clambered, as it were, up out of the groove on the right-hand side of the V of the wheel, got on the top of the rim of the V-wheel, and rushed down with a crash on the smaller wheel, giving, no doubt, a severe shock to the cable to which it was attached.
Both are subject to the shackle, which is imposed as a criminal penalty, or by the power of sergeants and commanders.
GRACE: Well, on the other hand, to Jennifer Johnson, PIO with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation -- Jennifer, when a guy is in full shackle, which is not all that typical -- I mean, normally, a guy ` s either in handcuffs or handcuffs legirons.
Governments have no resources, so for those same governments to prop up the losers, they must by definition shackle the winners.
And then after we heard that there was a shackle, which is about a 24-inch total length chain with a handcuff at each end -- it's basically like leg shackles you see people put on their legs when brought into the courtroom -- as well as regular set of handcuffs, then we could start to say, OK, if she was on a bench and one end of that handcuff shackle was on the bench and she was trying to get out of her handcuffs, then I could say, OK, now I understand how that chain may have gotten across her neck.
But it is actually the last line that is the most relevant to modern culture for the progressive powers that be are determined to not only escape every "shackle" of Western civilization's past, they are committed to ignoring history, distorting history, and even inventing history to suit ideological ends.
The DSEi website explicitly states the sale of "leg irons, gang chains, shackles and shackle bracelets" are prohibited.
He sent me videos of such practices that include "shackle and hoist", designed to help drain the blood from the animal much more rapidly by pulling it into the air with chains attached to its hind legs.