Definition of Shank

1. Noun. A cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg.

Generic synonyms: Cut, Cut Of Meat
Specialized synonyms: Foreshank, Hindshank

2. Verb. Hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction.
Category relationships: Golf, Golf Game
Generic synonyms: Hit

3. Noun. The part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle.
Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Leg
Terms within: Calf, Sura

4. Noun. Cylinder forming a long narrow part of something.
Exact synonyms: Stem
Group relationships: Anchor, Ground Tackle, Grip, Handgrip, Handle, Hold, Key, Nail, Pin, Wineglass
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

5. Noun. Cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head.
Group relationships: Bolt
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

6. Noun. Cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill.
Group relationships: Bit
Generic synonyms: Cylinder

7. Noun. The narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole.
Exact synonyms: Waist
Generic synonyms: Part, Portion
Group relationships: Sole

8. Noun. Lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals.
Exact synonyms: Cannon
Group relationships: Hoofed Mammal, Ungulate, Animal Leg
Terms within: Cannon Bone
Generic synonyms: Body Part

9. Noun. A poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball.
Generic synonyms: Golf Shot, Golf Stroke, Swing

Definition of Shank

1. n. See Chank.

2. n. The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg.

3. v. i. To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually followed by off.

Definition of Shank

1. Adjective. (slang) Bad. ¹

2. Noun. The lower part of the leg; shin. ¹

3. Noun. Meat from that part of an animal. ¹

4. Noun. A straight, narrow part of an object; shaft; stem. ¹

5. Noun. The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck. ¹

6. Noun. The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point. ¹

7. Noun. A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached. ¹

8. Noun. The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece of the bit, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached. ¹

9. Noun. (sports) A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft. See thin,fat,toe. ¹

10. Noun. (slang) An improvised stabbing weapon. ¹

11. Noun. (slang) De-pantsing an individual, to some in the south. ¹

12. Verb. (archaic Ulster) to travel on foot ¹

13. Verb. (slang) to stab, especially with an improvised blade ¹

14. Verb. (slang) to remove another's pants, especially in jest ¹

15. Verb. (transitive chiefly golf football) to hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction ¹

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Definition of Shank

1. to hit sharply to the right, as a golf ball [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Shank

1. To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; usually followed by off. See Chank. 1. The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg. "His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank." (Shak) 2. Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved. Specifically: That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock. The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms. That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle. A loop forming an eye to a button. 3. The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph. 4. A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it. 5. The body of a type. 6. The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel. 7. A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; called also shanks. 8. Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round. Shank painter, a short rope or chain which holds the shank of an anchor against the side of a vessel when it is secured for a voyage. To ride shank's mare, to go on foot; to walk. Origin: OE. Shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. Scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. Schonk a bone, G. Schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. Scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. Skank. Cf. Skink. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shank

shank (current term)
shank's mare
shank's pony
shank bone
shanks' mare
shanks' nag

Literary usage of Shank

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1. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines by Andrew Ure (1858)
"218. isa view of another shank, the separation of the sides of the loop ... He prefers finishing this shaped shank (that is, giving it the rounded form, ..."

2. Machine Tool Operation by Henry D. Burghardt (1922)
"177) up to 2 in. diameter are usually made solid with the shank, the shank being generally Brown & Sharpe standard taper of a size to conform to the size of ..."

3. The Revised Reports: Being a Republication of Such Cases in the English by Frederick Pollock, Robert Campbell, Oliver August Saunders, Arthur Beresford Cane, Joseph Gerald Pease, William Bowstead, Great Britain Courts (1898)
"It has been ingeniously contended that there was a novelty, at least, hi the application of the toothed collet to the production of a flexible shank under ..."

4. A Naval Encyclopædia: Comprising a Dictionary of Nautical Words and Phrases (1880)
"The following are the proportions of a 6000- pound anchor: shank. ... The length is equal to the length of the shank over all, and in diameter it is about ..."

5. English Mechanic and World of Science: With which are Incorporated "the (1891)
"The bore in the shank is enlarged at each end to receive the steel ... The illustrations of the shank in section, and of the spindle and collars, show this. ..."

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