- 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 buckled
Her sunny, dimpled smile was betrayed by her hunched, buckled posture.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
Corrin buckled first, insisting that Harris sleep on a sofa, then moving out.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris
July 11, 2014
He “buckled” and gave up, and for all intents and purposes refused to re-engage after that.Obama’s Peace Process Test: Ariel University
Brent E. Sasley
March 15, 2013
Successive Israeli leaders have promised to advance construction in E1 but have buckled under American pressure.Israeli Settlement Mayor to France and Britain: Protests Don’t Matter
December 4, 2012
Instead, he feared what Bill Kristol might say and buckled under.Michael Tomasky on Romney’s Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP
August 11, 2012
A moment and she had buckled it into place with a triumphant cluck.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He leapt for joy at her words, and snatching at his sword, which had been left to him, buckled it on.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
(g) The spongy lead may be bulged, or the positives may be buckled.
If the positives are buckled, the negatives will be also, but not to the extent that the positives are.
Positives which are only slightly warped or buckled may be used again.
- 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 buckled
"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.