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.
Definition of buckle
- buckle down to the job
- wheat buckling in the wind
- the props buckled under the strain
- he buckled under pressure
Examples of buckle in a Sentence
She buckled the horses into their harness.
The pavement buckled in the heat.
get cracking, get one's act together, get with it, turn one's hand (or turn a hand);
BUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of buckle for English Language Learners
: to fasten (something, such as a belt) with a buckle
: to attach (something) with a buckle
: to bend or collapse from pressure, heat, etc.
BUCKLE Defined for Kids
Definition of buckle for Students
- It's time to buckle down and do your chores.
- The pavement buckled in the heat.
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