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Meaning of BUCKLE

Pronunciation:  'bukul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong
  2. [n]  a shape distorted by twisting or folding
  3. [v]  bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; "The highway buckled during the heatwave"
  4. [v]  fold or collapse; "His knees buckled"
  5. [v]  fasten with a buckle or buckles

BUCKLE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: clasp, crumple, heave, warp, warp
 Antonyms: unbuckle
 See Also: belt buckle, break, cave in, change surface, collapse, distorted shape, distortion, fall in, fasten, fastener, fastening, fix, fixing, founder, give, give way, holdfast, lift, prong, secure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buc"kle\, n. [OE. bocle buckle, boss of a shield, OF.
    bocle, F. boucle, boss of a shield, ring, fr. L. buccula a
    little cheek or mouth, dim. of bucca cheek; this boss or knob
    resembling a cheek.]
    1. A device, usually of metal, consisting of a frame with one
       more movable tongues or catches, used for fastening things
       together, as parts of dress or harness, by means of a
       strap passing through the frame and pierced by the tongue.
    2. A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a
       plate of sheet metal. --Knight.
    3. A curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl formerly worn;
       also, the state of being curled.
             Earlocks in tight buckles on each side of a lantern
             face.                                 --W. Irving.
             Lets his wig lie in buckle for a whole half year.
    4. A contorted expression, as of the face. [R.]
             'Gainst nature armed by gravity, His features too in
             buckle see.                           --Churchill.
  2. \Buc"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buckled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Buckling}.] [OE. boclen, F. boucler. See {Buckle}, n.]
    1. To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to
       buckle a harness.
    2. To bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted.
    3. To prepare for action; to apply with vigor and
       earnestness; -- generally used reflexively
  3. \Buc"kle\ (b[u^]k"k'l), v. i.
    1. To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl;
       to kink.
             Buckled with the heat of the fire like parchment.
    2. To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.
    3. To yield; to give way; to cease opposing. [Obs.]
             The Dutch, as high as they seem, do begin to buckle.
    4. To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close
       fight; to struggle; to contend.
             The bishop was as able and ready to buckle with the
             Lord Protector as he was with him.    --Latimer.
             In single combat thou shalt buckle with me. --Shak.
    {To buckle to}, to bend to; to engage with zeal.
             To make our sturdy humor buckle thereto. --Barrow.
             Before buckling to my winter's work.  --J. D.
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