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1buckle

noun buck·le \ˈbə-kəl\

Definition of BUCKLE

1
:  a fastening for two loose ends that is attached to one and holds the other by a catch
2
:  an ornamental device that suggests a buckle
3
archaic :  a crisp curl

Origin of BUCKLE

Middle English bocle, from Anglo-French, boss of a shield, buckle, from Latin buccula, diminutive of bucca cheek
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with BUCKLE

2buckle

verb

: to fasten (something, such as a belt) with a buckle

: to attach (something) with a buckle

: to bend or collapse from pressure, heat, etc.

buck·ledbuck·ling \ˈbə-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of BUCKLE

transitive verb
1
:  to fasten with a buckle
2
:  to prepare with vigor
3
:  to cause to bend, give way, or crumple
intransitive verb
1
:  to become fastened with a buckle
2
:  to apply oneself with vigor —usually used with down <buckle down to the job>
3
:  to bend or move usually under the influence of some external agency <wheat buckling in the wind>
4
:  collapse <the props buckled under the strain>
5
:  to give way :  yield <he buckled under pressure>

Examples of BUCKLE

  1. She buckled the horses into their harness.
  2. The pavement buckled in the heat.

First Known Use of BUCKLE

14th century

Rhymes with BUCKLE

3buckle

noun

Definition of BUCKLE

1
:  a product of buckling :  bend, fold
2
:  a coffee cake baked with berries and a crumbly topping <blueberry buckle>

First Known Use of BUCKLE

circa 1876
BUCKLE Defined for Kids

1buckle

noun buck·le \ˈbə-kəl\

Definition of BUCKLE for Kids

:  a fastening device which is attached to one end of a belt or strap and through which the other end is passed and held

2buckle

verb
buck·ledbuck·ling

Definition of BUCKLE for Kids

1
:  to fasten with a buckle
2
:  to start to work hard Hint:In this sense buckle is usually used with down. <It's time to buckle down and do your chores.>
3
:  to bend, crumple, or give way <The pavement buckled in the heat.>

Headscratcher for BUCKLE

A buckle can hold things together, but when something buckles, it breaks apart or collapses.

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