|1.||a clasp for fastening together two loose ends, esp of a belt or strap, usually consisting of a frame with an attached movable prong|
|2.||an ornamental representation of a buckle, as on a shoe|
|3.||a kink, bulge, or other distortion: a buckle in a railway track|
|4.||to fasten or be fastened with a buckle|
|5.||to bend or cause to bend out of shape, esp as a result of pressure or heat|
|[C14: from Old French bocle, from Latin buccula a little cheek, hence, cheek strap of a helmet, from bucca cheek]|
clasp or catch, particularly for fastening the ends of a belt; or a clasplike ornament, especially for shoes. The belt buckle was often used in Greece and Rome and became an indispensable part of the Teutonic warrior's equipment, as well as the object of special care on the part of metalsmiths, who ornamented many buckles with rich and intricate designs
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