What does buckle mean?

Definitions for buckle
ˈbʌk əlbuck·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bucklenoun

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

  2. warp, buckleverb

    a shape distorted by twisting or folding

  3. buckle, claspverb

    fasten with a buckle or buckles

  4. buckle, crumpleverb

    fold or collapse

    "His knees buckled"

  5. heave, buckle, warpverb

    bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

    "The highway buckled during the heat wave"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BUCKLEnoun

    Etymology: bwccl, Welch, and the same in the Armorick; boucle, Fr.

    Fair lined slippers for the cold,
    With buckles of the purest gold. William Shakespeare.

    The chlamys was a sort of short cloak tied with a buckle, commonly to the right shoulder. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Three seal-rings; which after, melted down,
    Form’d a vast buckle for his widow’s gown. Alexander Pope.

    The greatest beau was dressed in a flaxen periwig; the wearer of it goes in his own hair at home, and lets his wig lie in buckle for a whole half year. Spectator, №. 129.

    That live-long wig, which Gorgon’ self might own,
    Eternal buckle takes in Parian stone. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Buckleverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Like saphire, pearl, in rich embroidery,
    Buckled below fair knighthood’s bending knee. William Shakespeare.

    France, whose armour conscience buckl’d on,
    Whom zeal and charity brought to the field. William Shakespeare.

    Thus, ever, when I buckle on my helmet,
    Thy fears afflict thee. Philips.

    When you carry your master’s riding-coat, wrap your own in it, and buckle them up close with a strap. Jonathan Swift.

    The Saracen, this hearing, rose amain,
    And catching up in haste his three square shield,
    And shining helmet, soon him buckled to the field. Fairy Q.

    The Lord Gray, captain of the men at arms, was forbidden to charge, until the foot of the avantguard were buckled with them in front. John Hayward.

    How brief the life of man
    Runs his erring pilgrimage!
    That the stretching of a span
    Buckles in his sum of age. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

  3. To Buckleverb

    Etymology: bucken, Germ.

    As the wretch, whose fever-weaken’d joints,
    Like strengthless hinges, buckle under life,
    Impatient of his fit, breaks like a fire
    Out of his keeper’s arms. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Now a covetous old crafty knave,
    At dead of night, shall raise his son, and cry,
    Turn out, you rogue! how like a beast you lie;
    Go buckle to the law. John Dryden.

    This is to be done in children, by trying them, when they are by laziness unbent, or by avocation bent another way, and endeavouring to make them buckle to the thing proposed. John Locke.

    For single combat, thou shalt buckle with me. William Shakespeare.

    Yet thou, they say, for marriage dost provide;
    Is this an age to buckle with a bride? John Dryden, Juv. sat. vi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bucklenoun

    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. Bucklenoun

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

  3. Bucklenoun

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

  4. Bucklenoun

    a contorted expression, as of the face

  5. Bucklenoun

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

  6. Bucklenoun

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

  7. Bucklenoun

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

  8. Bucklenoun

    to join in marriage

  9. Buckleverb

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

  10. Buckleverb

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

  11. Buckleverb

    to yield; to give way; to cease opposing

  12. Buckleverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buckle

    buk′l, n. a metal instrument consisting of a rim and tongue, used for fastening straps or bands in dress, harness, &c.—v.t. to fasten with a buckle: to prepare for action: to engage in close fight.—v.i. to bend or bulge out: to engage with zeal in a task.—n. Buck′ler, a small shield used for parrying. [Fr. boucle, the boss of a shield, a ring—Low L. buccula, dim. of bucca, a cheek.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. buckle

    A mast buckles when it suffers by compression, so that the fibre takes a sinuous form, and the grain is upset. Also, in Polar regions, the bending or arching of the ice upwards, preceding a nip.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buckle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buckle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of buckle in a Sentence

  1. Peter Wells:

    Which vehicle manufacturer is going to buckle first and become a contract builder for a company like Apple ? That's the question.

  2. Ron Vara:

    China wants to buckle our knees so that they can have their way with us.

  3. Shinzo Abe:

    Each individual (ruling) Liberal Democratic Party member must take the results to heart and buckle down.

  4. Donald Trump on Thursday:

    So I have a belt: Somebody hits me with a belt, it's going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way, he hit the belt buckle. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain't gonna work. You're going to be successful, but he took the knife and went like this and he plunged it into the belt and, amazing, the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke.

  5. Jordan Rodgers:

    The model is going to continue to change, so buckle up.

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