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Definition of shackle:

  1. A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.
  2. A link for connecting railroad cars; - called also drawlink, draglink, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.
  5. Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
  6. 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.
  7. Stubble.
  8. The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple.
  9. To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.
  10. To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.


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