Definitions for shankʃæŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shankʃæŋk(n.)

  1. the part of the lower limb in humans between the knee and the ankle. the corresponding part in other vertebrates.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the lower limb; the entire leg.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. a cut of meat from the top part of the front

    Category: Cooking

    Ref: ( foreshank 2 ); ( hind shank )

  4. a straight, narrow, shaftlike part of various objects usu. connecting two more important or complex parts, as the stem of a tobacco pipe. a knob or projection that allows a device to be attached to another object.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. Informal. the early part of a period of time.

    Category: Informal

  6. the narrow part of the sole of a shoe, lying beneath the instep.

    Category: Clothing

  7. Category: Clothing

    Ref: shankpiece.

  8. Print. the body of a type, between the shoulder and the foot.

    Category: Printing

  9. the part of a ring that surrounds the finger; hoop.

    Category: Jewelry

  10. Slang.a dagger fashioned from available materials by a prison inmate.

    Category: Status (usage)

  11. (v.t.)to mishit (a golf ball) with the club's shaft or heel, causing the ball to veer to the side.

    Category: Sport

Origin of shank:

bef. 900; OE sc(e)anca; c. LG schanke leg, thigh

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shank(noun)

    a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg

  2. shank(noun)

    the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle

  3. shank, stem(noun)

    cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

  4. shank(noun)

    cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head

  5. shank(noun)

    cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill

  6. shank, waist(noun)

    the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole

  7. cannon, shank(noun)

    lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals

  8. shank(verb)

    a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball

  9. shank(verb)

    hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction

Wiktionary

  1. shank(Noun)

    The lower part of the leg; shin.

  2. shank(Noun)

    Meat from that part of an animal.

  3. shank(Noun)

    A straight, narrow part of an object; shaft; stem.

  4. shank(Noun)

    The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.

  5. shank(Noun)

    The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.

  6. shank(Noun)

    A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.

  7. shank(Noun)

    The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece of the bit, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached.

  8. shank(Noun)

    A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft. See thin,fat,toe.

  9. shank(Noun)

    An improvised stabbing weapon.

  10. shank(Verb)

    to travel on foot

  11. shank(Verb)

    to stab, especially with an improvised blade

  12. shank(Verb)

    to remove another's pants, especially in jest

  13. shank(Verb)

    to hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction

  14. shank(Noun)

    De-pantsing an individual, to some in the south.

  15. shank(Adjective)

    Bad.

  16. Origin: shanke, from sceanca, from skankōn (compare West Frisian skonk, Low German Schanke, Dutch/ Schenkel 'shank, leg', Norwegian skank), from *skankaz (compare skakkr 'wry, crooked'), from (s)keng (compare scingim 'I spring', skázein 'to limp').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shank(noun)

    see Chank

  2. Shank

    the part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg

  3. Shank

    hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved

  4. Shank

    that part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock

  5. Shank

    the middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms

  6. Shank

    that part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle

  7. Shank

    a loop forming an eye to a button

  8. Shank

    the space between two channels of the Doric triglyph

  9. Shank

    a large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it

  10. Shank

    the body of a type

  11. Shank

    the part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel

  12. Shank

    a wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called also shanks

  13. Shank

    flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round

  14. Shank(verb)

    to fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually followed by off

Freebase

  1. Shank

    A shank is a device for providing a small amount of space in between a garment and a button. Shanks are necessary to provide space for fabric to sit in between the button and the garment when the garment is buttoned. Shanks also allow a garment to hang and drape nicely.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

shank(noun)

the leg, especially the part between the knee and foot.

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