from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Many passages in Lord Byron's poetry show that he intended to make this daughter a future partisan against her mother, and explain the awful words he is stated in Lady Anne Barnard's diary to have used when first he looked on his little girl, ” 'What an instrument of torture I have gained in you!'
I'd like to see the man that would persuade me to put blinders or check-reins or any other instrument of torture on my horses.