- a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
- Usually manacles. restraints; checks.
- to handcuff; fetter.
- to hamper; restrain: He was manacled by his inhibitions.
Origin of manacle
Examples from the Web for manacle
Yet Romney happily slid his leg into this manacle, slammed down the padlock, and threw the key into the river.Michael Tomasky: Obama’s High-Stakes Gamble on Gay Marriage
May 10, 2012
As yet, my hand has not known the manacle, nor my feet the gyves!The Pirate and The Three Cutters
And, remember, if it becomes necessary, I can activate the manacle.The Players
Everett B. Cole
In manacle and manumission we read the story of human slavery and freedom.The World I Live In
He came over and looked at the manacle about my leg and shook his head.The Clue of the Twisted Candle
She then took the key of the manacle out of her dress, and released me.The Privateersman
- (usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc
- to put manacles on
- to confine or constrain
Word Origin and History for manacle
mid-14c., "a fetter for the hand," from Old French manicle "manacles, handcuffs; bracelet; armor for the hands," from Latin manicula "handle," literally "little hand," diminutive of manicae "long sleeves of a tunic, gloves; armlets, gauntlets; handcuffs, manacles," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). Related: Manacles.
In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear
[Blake, "Songs of Experience"]
c.1300, "to fetter with manacles," from manacle (n.). Related: Manacled; manacling.