manacle definition by Webster's New World
- a handcuff; fetter or shackle for the hand
- any restraint
Origin: Middle English manicle ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin manicula, diminutive of manus, hand: see manual
manacle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A device for confining the hands, usually consisting of a set of two metal rings that are fastened about the wrists and joined by a metal chain.
- Something that confines or restrains.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French manicle, from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.