from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A restraining device consisting of a pair of strong, connected hoops that can be tightened and locked about the wrists and used on one or both arms of a prisoner in custody; a manacle. Often used in the plural.
- transitive v. To restrain with or as if with handcuffs.
- transitive v. To render ineffective or impotent. See Synonyms at hamper1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One ring of a locking fetter for the hand or one pair.
- v. To apply handcuffs to; to manacle. - Hay (1754)
- v. to restrain or restrict.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fastening, consisting of an iron ring around the wrist, usually connected by a chain with one on the other wrist; a manacle; -- usually in the plural.
- transitive v. To apply handcuffs to; to manacle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shackle or fastening for the hand, consisting of a divided metal ring placed about and locked upon the wrist; a manacle.
- To manacle; restrain by or as if by placing handcuffs upon the wrists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
- n. shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
1775, from hand + cuff (“end of shirtsleeve”). (Wiktionary)