iron maideniron maiden
[alsoI- M-]Historical an instrument of torture consisting of a large case having the general contour of a person, with sharp spikes inside
A purported medieval instrument of torture consisting of an iron frame in the form of a person in which the victim was enclosed and impaled on interior spikes.
(plural iron maidens)
- (idiomatic, archaic) A medieval torture device consisting of a chamber lined with spikes which encloses upon and impales the victim inside.