Definition of Buckle

1. Noun. Fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong.

Specialized synonyms: Belt Buckle
Generic synonyms: Fastener, Fastening, Fixing, Holdfast
Terms within: Prong

2. Verb. Fasten with a buckle or buckles.
Exact synonyms: Clasp
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Antonyms: Unbuckle
Derivative terms: Clasp

3. Noun. A shape distorted by twisting or folding.
Exact synonyms: Warp
Generic synonyms: Distorted Shape, Distortion
Derivative terms: Warp

4. Verb. Fold or collapse. "His knees buckled"
Exact synonyms: Crumple
Generic synonyms: Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way

5. Verb. Bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat. "The highway buckled during the heat wave"
Exact synonyms: Heave, Warp
Generic synonyms: Change Surface
Specialized synonyms: Lift
Derivative terms: Heave, Warp

Definition of Buckle

1. n. 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. v. t. To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness.

3. v. i. To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink.

Definition of Buckle

1. Verb. (intransitive) To distort or collapse under physical pressure; especially, of a slender structure in compression. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive figuratively) To give in; to react suddenly or adversely to stress or pressure (of a person). ¹

3. Noun. A clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap. ¹

4. Noun. (Canada heraldry) The brisure of an eighth daughter. ¹

5. Noun. (context: roofing) An upward, elongated displacement of a roof membrane frequently occurring over insulation or deck joints. A buckle may be an indication of movement with the roof assembly. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To fasten using a buckle. ¹

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Definition of Buckle

1. to bend under pressure [v -LED, -LING, -LES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Buckle

bucking for
bucking off
buckle (current term)
buckle cavity
buckle down
buckle under
buckle up
buckled aorta
buckler fern
buckler mustard
buckler plate
buckler plates

Literary usage of Buckle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Agriculturist (1847)
"The draught cannot entirely straighten the trace, the buckle-lever being too ... With the ordinary buckle, the trace is weakened by the hole made to admit ..."

2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1861)
"S. IT must be owned that Mr buckle has given great and often just of- ence, ... Mr buckle is not a modest man ; but others, equally self-assured, ..."

3. Structural Engineers' Handbook: Data for the Design and Construction of by Milo Smith Ketchum (1914)
"buckle Plates.—buckle plates are made by "dishing" flat plates as in Table 59, Part II. The width of the buckle W, or length L, varies from 2 ft. ..."

4. The Arts in Early England by Gerard Baldwin Brown (1915)
"2, Small buckle set with garnets at back of pin, from Crundale, Kent, ... 5, vn1, Small square-plated buckle set with carbuncles, from East Boldon, Co. ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1886)
"buckle was alarmed by her extreme agitation upon ] receiving what he intended for the pleasant surprise of first reading it in the printed volume. ..."

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