Definition of shank
1a : the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle in humans or the corresponding part in various other vertebratesb : legc : 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 asa : the straight part of a nail or pinb : a straight part of a plant : stem, stalkc : the part of an anchor between the ring and the crown — see anchor illustrationd : the part of a fishhook between the eye and the bende : the part of a key between the handle and the bitf : the stem of a tobacco pipe or the part between the stem and the bowlg : 1tang 3h (1) : the narrow part of the sole of a shoe beneath the instep (2) : shankpiece
3 : a part of an object by which it can be attached: such asa (1) : a projection on the back of a solid button (2) : a short stem of thread that holds a sewn button away from the clothb : the end (as of a drill bit) that is gripped in a chuck
4a : the latter part of a period of timeb : 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
shankedplay \ˈshaŋ(k)t\ adjective
Examples of shank in a Sentence
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 of shank from the Web
The stranger in question is a handsome young man named Mr. Smith, freshly arrived from England in the small muddy 1746 town of New York at the shank end of the island of Manhattan.
But that included a choice of filet or rib-eye, sea bass or a chicken shank, with exclusive Kobe beef rib-eyes available for $200.
Like a regular golf course, the Frisbees could end up in a rough, bounce off a tree, or shank to the left.
Smoked pork shank with white beans, grilled trout with arugula and a flattop burger are among the entrees.
Its keyless chuck accepts a wide variety of round- and hex-shank drill bits and screw-driving bits, as well as hole saws, rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes, and other accessories.
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First to arrive Zelaya-Sorto pulls out a shank – a handmade knife – from inside his jumpsuit and lunges at Cook.
Lamb can be higher in fat and calories compared to beef, but some cuts—such as loin, shank, and leg—are healthier.
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Origin and Etymology of shank
Middle English shanke, from Old English scanca; akin to Old Norse skakkr crooked, Greek skazein to limp
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of shank
: 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
First Known Use of shank
SHANK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shank for English Language Learners
: the straight, narrow part of a tool that connects the part that does the work with the part that you hold
: a piece of meat cut from the upper part of the leg
: the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle
SHANK Defined for Kids
Definition of shank for Students
1 : the part of the leg between the knee and ankle
2 : a cut of meat from the usually upper part of the leg a lamb shank
3 : the part of a tool that connects the working part with a part by which it is held or moved the shank of a drill bit
Medical Definition of shank
: the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle in humans or a corresponding part in other vertebrates
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