Meaning of shackle
Pronunciation: (shak'ul), [key]
— n., v., -led, -ling.
- a ring or other fastening, as of iron, for securing the wrist, ankle, etc.; fetter.
- a hobble or fetter for a horse or other animal.
- the-shaped bar of a padlock, one end of which is pivoted or sliding, the other end of which can be released, as for passing through a staple, and then fastened, as for securing a hasp.
- any of various fastening or coupling devices.
- Often,anything that serves to prevent freedom of procedure, thought, etc.
- to put a shackle or shackles on; confine or restrain by a shackle or shackles.
- to fasten or couple with a shackle.
- to restrain in action, thought, etc., as by restrictions; restrict the freedom of.
- shackle (Thesaurus)