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 for Shackle joint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shackle \Shac"kle\, n. [Generally used in the plural.] [OE.
     schakkyll, schakle, AS. scacul, sceacul, a shackle, fr.
     scacan to shake; cf. D. schakel a link of a chain, a mesh,
     Icel. sk["o]kull the pole of a cart. See Shake.]
     1. Something which confines the legs or arms so as to prevent
        their free motion; specifically, a ring or band inclosing
        the ankle or wrist, and fastened to a similar shackle on
        the other leg or arm, or to something else, by a chain or
        a strap; a gyve; a fetter.
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              His shackles empty left; himself escaped clean.
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     2. Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.
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              His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles.
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     3. A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.
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              Most of the men and women . . . had all earrings
              made of gold, and gold shackles about their legs and
              arms.                                 --Dampier.
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     4. A link or loop, as in a chain, fitted with a movable bolt,
        so that the parts can be separated, or the loop removed; a
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     5. A link for connecting railroad cars; -- called also
        drawlink, draglink, etc.
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     6. The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is
        hung to the staple. --Knight.
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     Shackle joint (Anat.), a joint formed by a bony ring
        passing through a hole in a bone, as at the bases of
        spines in some fishes.
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