Definitions of gyves

  1. Shackles or iron fetters for the legs.

Usage examples for gyves

  1. His garments were blood- stained; his gait and aspect told of abject fear; his eyes glistened like those of a hunted fawn; and, sinister token, his hands were weighted with heavy gyves of a fashion usually intended for the legs of prisoners. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  2. Too well had he calculated his trap for the detection of a third dimension in Time, a fourth one in Space, only to catch the wrong game; for he had counted upon studying, if but for a few rapt moments, the vision of a land west of the sun, east of the moon- a novel territory, perhaps a vast playground for souls emancipated from the gyves of existence. – Melomaniacs by James Huneker
  3. Go down and clench the gyves about his legs. – Specimens of Greek Tragedy Aeschylus and Sophocles by Goldwin Smith
  4. Gyves fastened up his limbs and dread of some cruel doom struck at his heart as he stooped to enter the place. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  5. Therein they thrust King Gunnar, and he bare of his kingly weed, But they gave his harp to the Niblung, and his hands of the gyves they freed; They stood around in their war- gear to note what next should befall For the comfort of King Atli, and the glee of the Eastland hall. – The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs by William Morris
  6. He replied, feeling her rivet his gyves: " The house will be empty to- morrow." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  7. And finally I- Roscoe T. Fibble- am there also, still preserving, I may fondly trust, such dignity, such poise, such an air of conscious rectitude as is possible, considering gyves on one's wrists, no covering for one's head, and a pair of embroidered bedroom slippers on one's feet. – Fibble, D. D. by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  8. I thought nothing more probable than the entrance after them of a gaoler laden with gyves and handcuffs; and saluting M. Francois with a face which, do what I would, fashioned itself upon his, I had scarce composure sufficient to place the poor accommodation of my room at his disposal. – A Gentleman of France by Stanley Weyman
  9. Their bodies had been scored with brambles and blackened with dried blood, and on wrist and ankle they bore the dark and wrinkled stain of the gyves. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  10. They looked on the prisoner with fierce red eyes, and rested on their hammers for a minute; and said the elder to his companion, " Take out Elijah Harbottle's gyves;" and with a pincers he plucked the end which lay dazzling in the fire from the furnace. – Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  11. One could wear the gyves and shackles of the most terrible tyranny almost in happiness, if he knew that such lovely eyes grew moist over his fate and such beauteous lips trembled when they told the tale of his imprisonment. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  12. We cannot leave your land, our chiefs in gyves,- While chains gall Saxons, Saxon war survives. – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  13. With his spear, and saex, and his shield, he stood before me; and his face, though pale as that of one long dead, was stern as the face of a warrior in the van of armed men; he stretched his hand, and he smote his saex on his shield, and the clang sounded hollow; the gyves broke at the clash- I sprang to my feet, and I stood side by side with the phantom, dauntless. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. He glanced around, as though dazed, then down at the disfigured purple face of his dead enemy, smiled and held out his hands stiffly for the gyves that were snapped upon them. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  15. Nay, and the villains march wide betwixt the legs, as if- they had gyves on; for, indeed I had the most of them out of prison. – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  16. I now contrived, with extreme difficulty, to reverse the position of my hands; that is to say, I climbed backward through the loop formed by my fettered arms, so that instead of the gyves being behind me, they now were in front. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  17. For amusement, having the effect to make men feel kindly toward the world, and, more readily than duty, falling in with human inclination, has been regarded as unsafe, and therefore as a thing to be kept at arm's length by the church, and admitted to her folds only under the strictest surveillance, and in gyves and handcuffs. – Amusement: A Force in Christian Training by Rev. Marvin R. Vincent.
  18. The next instant a man in a red neck- cloth had seized my hands in a grip of iron, and, ere I knew what had happened, he clapped the gyves on one of my wrists. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers