shank

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noun

1
a
: the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle in humans or the corresponding part in various other vertebrates
b
: leg
c
: a cut of beef, veal, mutton, or lamb from the upper or the lower part of the leg : shin see beef illustration
2
: a straight narrow usually essential part of an object: such as
a
: the straight part of a nail or pin
b
: a straight part of a plant : stem, stalk
c
: the part of an anchor between the ring and the crown see anchor illustration
d
: the part of a fishhook between the eye and the bend
e
: the part of a key between the handle and the bit
f
: the stem of a tobacco pipe or the part between the stem and the bowl
h(1)
: the narrow part of the sole of a shoe beneath the instep
(2)
3
: a part of an object by which it can be attached: such as
a(1)
: a projection on the back of a solid button
(2)
: a short stem of thread that holds a sewn button away from the cloth
b
: the end (as of a drill bit) that is gripped in a chuck
4
a
: the latter part of a period of time
b
: the early or main part of a period of time
11 p.m. on the East coast is merely the shank of the evening on the West coast
5
slang : an often homemade knife
shanked adjective

shank

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verb

shanked; shanking; shanks

transitive verb

: to hit (a golf ball or shot) with the extreme heel of the club so that the ball goes off in an unintended direction
also : to kick (a football) in an unintended direction

Examples of shank in a Sentence

Noun the shank of a drill bit slashed at the prison guard with a shank he had secretly made from a scrap of metal
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Dishes like Bavarian sauerbraten, schnitzel with spaetzle and pork shanks with sauerkraut were regular specials, alongside American steakhouse favorites like New York strip steak, grilled swordfish and chicken piccata. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 28 May 2024 Begin winding this leg of the loop around the hook shank and over both tag ends. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 15 May 2024
Verb
Though the Aryans seem to retaliate inside the prison by having somebody shanked, the arrival of Callahan in the episode’s closing minutes would seem to suggest that Mike’s problems aren’t over. Noel Murray, Vulture, 2 June 2024 Cuts of Ham Whole Ham Whole hams include both the butt ham and shank ham from the leg. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 6 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for shank 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English shanke, from Old English scanca; akin to Old Norse skakkr crooked, Greek skazein to limp

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shank was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shank. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shank

noun
ˈshaŋk
1
a
: the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle in human beings or a similar part in various other vertebrates
b
: a cut of meat (as beef or lamb) from usually the upper part of a leg
2
a
: the straight shaft (as of a nail, pin, or fishhook)
b
: the narrow part of the sole of a shoe beneath the instep
3
: a part of a tool that connects the acting part with a part by which it is held or moved
the shank of a drill bit
the shank of a key
4
: a part of something by which it can be attached: as
a
: a part that sticks out on the back of a solid button
b
: a short stem of thread that holds a sewn button away from the cloth
shanked
ˈshaŋ(k)t
adjective

Medical Definition

shank

noun
: the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle in humans or a corresponding part in other vertebrates

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