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buckler

[buhk-ler] /ˈbʌk lər/
noun
1.
a round shield held by a grip and sometimes having straps through which the arm is passed.
2.
any means of defense; protection.
verb (used with object)
3.
to be a shield to; support; defend.
Origin of buckler
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bokeler < Anglo-French, Middle French bocler, equivalent to bocle boss2 + -er -er2
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  • The parties meet mind to mind, and a mutual trust is produced, which can buckler them against a million.

    Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • It had stood as a barrier between them, her buckler, her sole defence against him.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • In any situation that smile would prove his shield and buckler.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • This vote is the excuse of cowards, this vote is the buckler of dishonoured consciences.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • For figures of the early stages see Plate 108; that of the caterpillar is after buckler.

  • It followeth, “And in all things take the shield or buckler of faith.”

  • Still, gentlemen, ye cannot live on both sides of a buckler.

    House of Torment Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • And he swung his buckler forward and stretched his right hand to the sword.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • Few iron helms they had and no ringed byrnies, but most had a buckler at their backs with no sign or symbol on it.

    The House of the Wolfings William Morris
  • They thought not of Him as the source of their strength; they made not Him their shield and buckler.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for buckler

buckler

/ˈbʌklə/
noun
1.
a small round shield worn on the forearm or held by a short handle
2.
a means of protection; defence
verb
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to defend
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bocler, from bocle shield boss; see buckle, boss²
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Word Origin and History for buckler
n.

"small, round shield used to ward off blows," c.1300, from Old French bocler "boss (of a shield), shield, buckler" (12c., Modern French bouclier), from Latin *buccularius (adj.) "having a boss," from buccula (see buckle (n.)).

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buckler in the Bible

(1.) A portable shield (2 Sam. 22:31; 1 Chr. 5:18). (2.) A shield surrounding the person; the targe or round form; used once figuratively (Ps. 91:4). (3.) A large shield protecting the whole body (Ps. 35:2; Ezek. 23:24; 26:8). (4.) A lance or spear; improperly rendered "buckler" in the Authorized Version (1 Chr. 12:8), but correctly in the Revised Version "spear." The leather of shields required oiling (2 Sam. 1:21; Isa. 21:5), so as to prevent its being injured by moisture. Copper (= "brass") shields were also in use (1 Sam. 17:6; 1 Kings 14:27). Those spoken of in 1 Kings 10:16, etc.; 14:26, were probably of massive metal. The shields David had taken from his enemies were suspended in the temple as mementoes (2 Kings 11:10). (See ARMOUR ØT0000315, SHIELD.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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