Definitions for buckleˈbʌk əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

buck•leˈbʌk əl(n.; v.)-led, -ling.

  1. (n.)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 or to another strap.

  2. an ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.

    Category: Jewelry

  3. a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board.

  4. (v.t.)to fasten with a buckle:

    Buckle your seat belt.

  5. to shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl.

  6. to bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure.

  7. (v.i.)to close or fasten with a buckle

  8. to bend, warp, bulge, or collapse.

  9. to yield, surrender, or give way to another (often fol. by under).

  10. buckle down, to set to work with vigor and determination.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  11. buckle up, to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

Origin of buckle:

1300–50; ME bocle < AF bo(u)cle, bucle < L buc(c)ula cheek strap of a helmet <bucc(a) cheek


Princeton's WordNet

  1. buckle(noun)

    fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong

  2. warp, buckle(verb)

    a shape distorted by twisting or folding

  3. buckle, clasp(verb)

    fasten with a buckle or buckles

  4. buckle, crumple(verb)

    fold or collapse

    "His knees buckled"

  5. heave, buckle, warp(verb)

    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

    "The highway buckled during the heat wave"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. buckle(noun)ˈbʌk əl

    a metal fastener

    a belt buckle

  2. buckle(verb)ˈbʌk əl

    to fasten with a buckle

    Buckle up your belt.

  3. buckleˈbʌk əl

    to bend and collapse

    His legs buckled at the finish line.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buckle(noun)

    a device, usually of metal, consisting of a frame with one more movable tongues or catches, used for fastening things together, as parts of dress or harness, by means of a strap passing through the frame and pierced by the tongue

  2. Buckle(noun)

    a distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal

  3. Buckle(noun)

    a curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled

  4. Buckle(noun)

    a contorted expression, as of the face

  5. Buckle(noun)

    to fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness

  6. Buckle(noun)

    to bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted

  7. Buckle(noun)

    to prepare for action; to apply with vigor and earnestness; -- generally used reflexively

  8. Buckle(noun)

    to join in marriage

  9. Buckle(verb)

    to bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink

  10. Buckle(verb)

    to bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall

  11. Buckle(verb)

    to yield; to give way; to cease opposing

  12. Buckle(verb)

    to enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close fight; to struggle; to contend


  1. Buckle

    The buckle or clasp is a device used for fastening two loose ends, with one end attached to it and the other held by a catch in a secure but adjustable manner. Often taken for granted, the invention of the buckle has been indispensable in securing two ends before the invention of the zipper. The basic buckle frame comes in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the intended use and fashion of the era. Buckles are as much in use today as they have been in the past. Used for much more than just securing one’s belt, instead it is one of the most dependable devices in securing a range of items.

Anagrams of buckle

  1. Lübeck

Translations for buckle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to fasten with a buckle

He buckled on his sword.

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