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buckle

[buhk-uh l] /ˈbʌk əl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any similar contrivance used for such purposes.
3.
an ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.
4.
a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board or saw blade.
verb (used with object), buckled, buckling.
5.
to fasten with a buckle or buckles:
Buckle your seat belt.
6.
to shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl.
7.
to prepare (oneself) for action; apply (oneself) vigorously to something.
8.
to bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure.
verb (used without object), buckled, buckling.
9.
to close or fasten with a buckle:
Grandmother always wore shoes that buckled.
10.
to prepare oneself or apply oneself:
The student buckled to the lesson.
11.
to bend, warp, bulge, or collapse:
The bridge buckled in the storm.
12.
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.
Verb phrases
13.
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.
14.
buckle up, to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles:
She won't start the car until we've all buckled up.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English bocle < Anglo-French bo(u)cle, bucle < Latin buc(c)ula cheekpiece (of a helmet), strip of wood, etc., resembling a cheekpiece, equivalent to bucc(a) cheek + -ula -ule
Related forms
buckleless, adjective
rebuckle, verb, rebuckled, rebuckling.
Synonyms
8. sag, bulge, twist; crumple, collapse.
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British Dictionary definitions for buckleless

buckle

/ˈbʌkəl/
noun
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
verb
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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bocle, from Latin buccula a little cheek, hence, cheek strap of a helmet, from bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History for buckleless

buckle

n.

"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]

v.

late 14c., bokelen, "to fasten with a buckle," from buckle (n.). Related: Buckled; buckling. To buckle down "apply effort, settle down," (1874) is said to be a variant of knuckle down (see knuckle).

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for buckleless

buckle

verb

To hit; clobber (1990s+ Teenagers)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for buckleless

buckle

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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