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.
any similar contrivance used for such purposes.
an ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.
a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board or saw blade.
verb (used with object)
to fasten with a buckle or buckles:
Buckle your seat belt.
to shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl.
to prepare (oneself) for action; apply (oneself) vigorously to something.
to bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure.
1300–50; Middle English bocle
< Anglo-French bo
< Latin buc
cheekpiece (of a helmet), strip of wood, etc., resembling a cheekpiece, equivalent to bucc
) cheek + -ula -ule
buckleless, adjectiverebuckle, verb, rebuckled, rebuckling.
sag, bulge, twist; crumple, collapse.