Buckle meaning

bŭkəl
To make bend; to cause to become distorted.
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To cause to bend, warp, or crumple.
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To fasten or join with a buckle.
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To be fastened or joined by a buckle.
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(obs.) To engage in a struggle; grapple.
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To bend or warp, as by means of pressure or intense heat.
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To bend, warp, or crumple, as under pressure or in intense heat.
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To yield reluctantly to pressure; submit; give in.
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A distortion caused by buckling; bend, bulge, kink, etc.
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(intransitive) To distort or collapse under physical pressure; especially, of a slender structure in compression.
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(intransitive, figuratively) To give in; to react suddenly or adversely to stress or pressure (of a person).

It is amazing that he has never buckled after so many years of doing such urgent work.

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(intransitive) To yield; to give way; to cease opposing.
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Shakespeare.

In single combat thou shalt buckle with me.

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To buckle down; to apply oneself.
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(countable) A clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap.
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(Canada, heraldry) The brisure of an eighth daughter.
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(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.
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A distortion, bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal.

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A curl of hair, especially a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled.
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A contorted expression, as of the face.
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To fasten using a buckle.
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(Scotland) To unite in marriage.

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Buckle means to fasten or attach two sides together with a clasp, or to bend under pressure or heat.

An example of buckle is closing and tightening a pair of Mary Jane shoes.

An example of buckle is a public official changing their course of action based on public opinion; he buckles under the public pressure.

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The definition of a buckle is a clasp used for fastening or closing.

An example of a buckle is the metal ring that a belt gets hooked through in order to attach the belt together.

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A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
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An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
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An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.
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To fasten with a buckle.
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To become fastened with a buckle.
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To bend, warp, or crumple, as under pressure or heat.
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To give way; collapse.

My knees buckled with fear.

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To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in.

Finally buckled under the excessive demands of the job.

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A clasp on one end of a strap or belt for fastening the other end in place.
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A clasplike ornament, as for shoes.
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A clasp on a strap that fits into a matching part on a post, another strap, etc. thereby securing the strap.
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buckle down
  • to apply oneself energetically; set to work with effort
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of buckle

  • Middle English bokel from Old French boucle from Latin buccula cheek strap of a helmet diminutive of bucca cheek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a frequentative form of buck (“to bend, buckle”), of Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German origin, related to Dutch bukken (“to stoop, bend, yield, submit”), German bücken (“to stoop, bend”), Swedish bocka (“to buck, bow”), equivalent to buck +‎ -le. Compare Middle Dutch buchelen (“to strive, tug under a load”), German dialectal aufbückeln (“to raise or arch the back”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Verb: bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler (“to bulge”), from Old French bocler (“to bulge, curl”), from bocle (“boss of a shield”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Noun: Old French bocle, from Latin buccula (“cheek strap of a helmet”), diminutive of bucca (“cheek”).

    From Wiktionary