Definition of shackle:
- A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.
- A link for connecting railroad cars; - called also drawlink, draglink, etc.
- 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.
- Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.
- Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
- 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.
- The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple.
- To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.
- To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.
compel, adhesiveness, alliance, adherence, attachment, oblige, bond paper, free, bond certificate, chemical bond, chain, fasten, trammel net, secure, gyve, bail, trammel, leg iron, pinion, hobble, fix, hamper, tie, fetter, bail bond, bond, engage, adhesion, trammels, iron.
- imprison (part of speech: verb)
- restrain (part of speech: verb)
- restraint (part of speech: noun)
prison (part of speech: noun)
- reform school,
- penal colony,
- San Quentin,
- straight jacket,
- "Malcolm", George MacDonald.
Going into a port where the water was very deep- Rio de Janeiro, I believe- the chain cables " got away," as the expression is; control was lost, and shackle after shackle tore out of the hawse- holes, leaping and thumping, rattling and roaring, stirring a lot of dust besides.- "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life", Captain A. T. Mahan.
- "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.