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Meaning of BUCKLER

Pronunciation:  'buklur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

BUCKLER is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: shield
 See Also: armor, armour, escutcheon, pavis, pavise, scutcheon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buc"kler\, n. [OE. bocler, OF. bocler, F. bouclier, a
    shield with a boss, from OF. bocle, boucle, boss. See
    {Buckle}, n.]
    1. A kind of shield, of various shapes and sizes, worn on one
       of the arms (usually the left) for protecting the front of
       the body.
    Note: In the sword and buckler play of the Middle Ages in
          England, the buckler was a small shield, used, not to
          cover the body, but to stop or parry blows.
    2. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) One of the large, bony, external plates found on many
           ganoid fishes.
       (b) The anterior segment of the shell of trilobites.
    3. (Naut.) A block of wood or plate of iron made to fit a
       hawse hole, or the circular opening in a half-port, to
       prevent water from entering when the vessel pitches.
    {Blind buckler} (Naut.), a solid buckler.
    {Buckler mustard} (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Biscutella})
       with small bright yellow flowers. The seed vessel on
       bursting resembles two bucklers or shields.
    {Buckler thorn}, a plant with seed vessels shaped like a
       buckler. See {Christ's thorn}.
    {Riding buckler} (Naut.), a buckler with a hole for the
       passage of a cable.
  2. \Buc"kler\, v. t.
    To shield; to defend. [Obs.]
          Can Oxford, that did ever fence the right, Now buckler
          falsehood with a pedigree?               --Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) A portable shield (2 Sam. 22:31; 1 Chr. 5:18).

(2.) A shield surrounding the person; the targe or round form; used once figuratively (Ps. 91:4).

(3.) A large shield protecting the whole body (Ps. 35:2; Ezek. 23:24; 26:8).

(4.) A lance or spear; improperly rendered "buckler" in the Authorized Version (1 Chr. 12:8), but correctly in the Revised Version "spear."

The leather of shields required oiling (2 Sam. 1:21; Isa. 21:5), so as to prevent its being injured by moisture. Copper (= "brass") shields were also in use (1 Sam. 17:6; 1 Kings 14:27). Those spoken of in 1 Kings 10:16, etc.; 14:26, were probably of massive metal.

The shields David had taken from his enemies were suspended in the temple as mementoes (2 Kings 11:10). (See ARMOUR, SHIELD.)