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[ turn-buhk-uh l ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌbʌk əl /


a link or sleeve with a swivel at one end and an internal screw thread at the other, or with an internal screw thread at each end, used as a means of uniting or coupling, and of tightening, two parts, as the ends of two rods.

Nearby words

turn-up, turnabout, turnabout is fair play, turnaround, turnaround time, turnbuckle, turncoat, turncock, turndown, turned comma, turned out

Origin of turnbuckle

First recorded in 1695–1705; turn + buckle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for turnbuckle


/ (ˈtɜːnˌbʌkəl) /


an open mechanical sleeve usually having a swivel at one end and a thread at the other to enable a threaded wire or rope to be tightened

Word Origin for turnbuckle

C19: from turn + buckle
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Word Origin and History for turnbuckle



1703, "catch or fastening for windows and shutters," from turn + buckle (n.). Meaning "coupling with internal screw threads for connecting metal rods" is attested from 1877.

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