Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A contrivance for punishing common scolds. See 3 Cranch C. C. 620, 27 Fed. Cas. (U. S.) 907.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An engine used to punish women who have been convicted of being common scolds. It is sometimes called the "frebucket," "tumbrel," "ducking-stool," or "cucking-stool." U. S. v. Royall, 27 Fed. Cas. 907.