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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


  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)


  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

  15. Origin: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shank

    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

  1. shank

    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.

Anagrams for shank »

  1. ankhs, hanks, khans, Naskh

  2. Ankhs

  3. Hanks

  4. Khans

  5. Naskh

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shank in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of shank in a Sentence

  1. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace:

    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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