What does the word shambles mean?

Usage examples for shambles

  1. Wayne," he turned and glanced up at us, his face instantly darkening at the tableau, " kindly assist the ladies to descend; we must get them out of this shambles." – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  2. " Most of the asses and oxen were too wise to allow themselves to be shut up with us here, O Belisarius," said Procopius; " we have only as many as we shall want for the shambles, and it is impossible that they should first drive the mills and then be still fat enough to afford meat to eat with the bread thus gained." – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  3. The child of misfortune seeks shelter from that shame of her condition, the evidence of which is strengthened by the eager glances of those who stand round the shambles, ready to purchase her fate. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams