- a clasp consisting of a rectangular or curved rim with one or more movable tongues, fixed to one end of a belt or strap, used for fastening to the other end of the same strap or to another strap.
- any similar contrivance used for such purposes.
- an ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.
- a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board or saw blade.
- to fasten with a buckle or buckles: Buckle your seat belt.
- to shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl.
- to prepare (oneself) for action; apply (oneself) vigorously to something.
- to bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure.
- to close or fasten with a buckle: Grandmother always wore shoes that buckled.
- to prepare oneself or apply oneself: The student buckled to the lesson.
- to bend, warp, bulge, or collapse: The bridge buckled in the storm.
- to yield, surrender, or give way to another (often followed by under): She refused to take the medicine, but buckled under when the doctor told her to.
- buckle down, to set to work with vigor; concentrate on one's work: He was by nature a daydreamer and found it hard to buckle down.
- buckle up, to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles: She won't start the car until we've all buckled up.
Origin of buckle
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Examples from the Web for buckle
In March 2014, he decided to buckle down, eat better and exercise regularly.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them
October 4, 2014
He said he will sometimes "buckle" when he thinks of her out of the blue.
"I'm walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there's an awareness of her – and you know, I buckle," he said.
Yet in Paris she failed to buckle her seat belt in a fleeing car.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
In the press they were “furious lesbians” who targeted Buckle “because he was a straight man.”‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
The scene follows in which she plays squire to Antony and helps to buckle on his armour.The Man Shakespeare
"Perhaps I could help you with that buckle, Miss," she suggested, approaching.Alice Adams
Fling this over my shoulder, and buckle it behind, will you?'Barnaby Rudge
Fascination was alike in her smile, and her sash, her bow, and her buckle.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I should say that the lower chord here might buckle at any moment.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
- a clasp for fastening together two loose ends, esp of a belt or strap, usually consisting of a frame with an attached movable prong
- an ornamental representation of a buckle, as on a shoe
- a kink, bulge, or other distortiona buckle in a railway track
- to fasten or be fastened with a buckle
- to bend or cause to bend out of shape, esp as a result of pressure or heat
Word Origin and History for buckle
"spiked metal ring for holding a belt, etc., c.1300, bukel, from Old French bocle "boss (of a shield)," then "shield," then by further extension "buckle, metal ring," (12c., Modern French boucle), from Latin buccula "cheek strap of a helmet," in Late Latin "boss of a shield," diminutive of bucca "cheek" (see bouche).
Boucle in the middle ages had the double sense of a "shield's boss" and "a ring"; the last sense has alone survived, and it metaph. developed in the boucle de cheveux, ringlets. [Kitchin]
"distort, warp, bend out of shape" 1520s, bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler "to bulge," from Old French bocler "to bulge," from bocle "boss of a shield" (see buckle (n.)). Meaning "bend under strong pressure" is from 1590s (figurative from 1640s) . Related: Buckled; buckling.