handcuff definition

  • noun:
    • A restraining device composed of a pair of strong, connected hoops which can be tightened and secured concerning the arms and applied to one or both arms of a prisoner in custody; a manacle. Frequently used in the plural.
    • One ring of a locking fetter when it comes to hand or one pair.
    • A fastening, consisting of an iron ring-around the wrist, typically linked by a chain with one on the other wrist; a manacle; -- often within the plural.
    • A shackle or fastening the hand, consisting of a divided metal band put about and locked upon the wrist; a manacle.
    • shackle that is comprised of a metal cycle which can be secured around the wrist; frequently utilized in sets
  • verb-transitive:
    • To restrain with or just as if with handcuffs.
    • To make inadequate or impotent. See Synonyms at hamper1.
    • to use handcuffs to; to manacle.
  • verb:
    • to put on handcuffs to; to manacle. - Hay (1754)
    • to restrain or limit.
    • confine or restrain with or as though with manacles or handcuffs
  • others:
    • To manacle; restrain by or as though by placing handcuffs upon the wrists.

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