Definitions for shank
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shank.
a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
The lower part of the leg; shin.
Meat from that part of an animal.
A straight, narrow part of an object; shaft; stem.
The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.
The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.
A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.
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.
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.
An improvised stabbing weapon.
to travel on foot
to stab, especially with an improvised blade
to remove another's pants, especially in jest
to hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction
De-pantsing an individual, to some in the south.
Etymology: 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').
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sceanca , Saxon; schenckel, Dutch.
Eftsoons her white strait legs were altered
To crooked crawling shanks, of marrow emptied;
And her fair face to foul and loathsome hue,
And her fine corps to a bag of venom grew. Edmund Spenser.
The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shanks. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
A stag says, if these pitiful shanks of mine were but answerable to this branching head, I can’t but think how I should defy all my enemies. Roger L'Estrange.
Shut me nightly in a charnel-house,
O’er cover’d quite with dead men’s rattling bones,
With reeky shanks, and yellow chapless skulls. William Shakespeare.
The shank of a key, or some such long hole, the punch cannot strike, because the shank is not forged with substance sufficient. Joseph Moxon.
A shank primarily refers to the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle. However, its definition can vary depending on the context: 1. In anatomy, a shank refers to the part of the lower limb in humans between the knee and ankle, also known as the crus. 2. In culinary terms, it refers to a cut of meat from the upper part of an animal’s leg. 3. In tools or machinery, a shank refers to a long, narrow part that connects the end that does the work to the end that is held to use the tool. 4. In sports, like golf or soccer, 'shank' refers to a miss-hit where the ball is struck with the wrong part of the bat, club, or foot. 5. In the footwear industry, it's a piece of material, embedded in shoe soles for support. 6. In the context of prison slang, a homemade knife or stabbing instrument is often referred to as a shank. 7. In jewelry, the shank is the part of a ring that wraps around the finger.
the part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg
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
that part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock
the middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms
that part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle
a loop forming an eye to a button
the space between two channels of the Doric triglyph
a large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it
the body of a type
the part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel
a wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called also shanks
flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round
to fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually followed by off
Etymology: [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. 161. Cf. Skink, v.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shangk, n. the leg below the knee to the foot: the long part of any instrument, as of an anchor between the arms and ring: the part of a tool connecting the handle with the acting part: the part of a shoe connecting the sole with the heel.—v.i. to be affected with disease of the footstalk: to take to one's legs (with it).—v.t. (Scot.) to despatch unceremoniously.—adj. Shanked, having a shank: affected with disease of the shank or footstalk.—ns. Shank′-ī′ron, a shaping-tool for shoe-shanks: an iron plate inserted as a stiffening between the leather parts of a shank; Shank′-paint′er, a painter or small rope for fastening the shank of an anchor, when catted, to a ship's side. [A.S. sceanca, leg—sceacan, to shake; Dut. schonk, Low Ger. schake.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An arrangement of deep-water fishing lines. Also, a handle or shaft. Also the bar or shaft of an anchor, constituting its main piece, at one end of which the stock is fixed, and at the other the arms.
Ima shank u muhfuka! Also to shank the cak cak cak. Lik Lik Lik my balz!
To Stab Somebody Multiple Times
= tibia; q.v.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shank is ranked #2700 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Shank surname appeared 13,343 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Shank.
91.9% or 12,272 total occurrences were White.
2.7% or 370 total occurrences were Black.
2.1% or 288 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.5% or 209 total occurrences were Asian.
1% or 139 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.4% or 64 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
The numerical value of shank in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of shank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet, was shank a shot, yeah, shanked a pitching wedge straight in the trees.
We shook him down, and we did find a shank in his possession -- a shank is a prison knife -- and we retrieved that. We immediately had him shipped back to the Department of Corrections.
He forced the guard to disrobe and then put on his clothes, he then held the shank against the guard as they went downstairs and he left through a side door.
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Translations for shank
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- Unterschenkel, BeinstückGerman
- otin, potka, ripa, varsi, takapotka, etupotka, kahva, sääriFinnish
- стержень, голень, улит, хвостовик, плюснаRussian
- potkoljenica, gnjatSerbo-Croatian
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