Definition of shackle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃak(ə)l


  • 2A metal link, typically U-shaped, closed by a bolt, used to secure a chain or rope to something.
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    • So was the shackle which fastened it to the halyard.
  • 2.1A pivoted link connecting a spring in a vehicle’s suspension to the body of the vehicle.


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Old English sc(e)acul 'fetter', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schakel 'link, coupling'.

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