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buckle

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noun buck·le \ˈbə-kəl\

Definition of buckle

  1. 1 :  a fastening for two loose ends that is attached to one and holds the other by a catch

  2. 2 :  an ornamental device that suggests a buckle

  3. 3 archaic :  a crisp curl



Word History of buckle

The literal meaning of Latin word buccula was “little cheek,” but buccula was also the name for the part of a helmet that protects the cheek. Its medieval French descendant, bouclé, was the word for the boss of a shield, which looks a little like a small cheek on the face of the shield. The use of the word was later extended to belt fasteners. In this sense, the word was borrowed into English.

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

Rhymes with buckle


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buckle

verb buck·le

Simple Definition of buckle

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

  • : to attach (something) with a buckle

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of buckle

buckledbuckling play \ˈbə-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten with a buckle

  3. 2 :  to prepare with vigor

  4. 3 :  to cause to bend, give way, or crumple

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become fastened with a buckle

  7. 2 :  to apply oneself with vigor —usually used with down <buckle down to the job>

  8. 3 :  to bend or move usually under the influence of some external agency <wheat buckling in the wind>

  9. 4 :  collapse <the props buckled under the strain>

  10. 5 :  to give way :  yield <he buckled under pressure>

Examples of buckle in a sentence

  1. She buckled the horses into their harness.

  2. The pavement buckled in the heat.



14th Century

First Known Use of buckle

14th century


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buckle

noun buck·le

Definition of buckle

  1. 1 :  a product of buckling :  bend, fold

  2. 2 :  a coffee cake baked with berries and a crumbly topping <blueberry buckle>



Circa 1876

First Known Use of buckle

circa 1876



BUCKLE Defined for Kids

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buckle

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noun buck·le \ˈbə-kəl\

Definition of buckle for Students

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




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buckle

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verb buck·le

Definition of buckle for Students

buckledbuckling

  1. 1 :  to fasten with a buckle

  2. 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. 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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