The definition of a brank was a torture device used on women who were found guilty of being noisy, prone to arguments or gossip.(noun)
An example of a brank is a metal cage worn around a woman who gossiped in the Middle Ages.
See brank in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < ?
See brank in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Possibly from Dutch branken, legs (of a compass, scissors, etc.)
Origin: , pl. of branke, branch
Origin: , from Late Latin branca, paw; see branch.