shank

noun
\ ˈshaŋk How to pronounce shank (audio) \

Definition of shank

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1a : 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) : shankpiece
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
4a : 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

shank

verb
shanked; shanking; shanks

Definition of shank (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from shank

Noun

shanked \ ˈshaŋ(k)t How to pronounce shank (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for shank

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Next, reach for a forkful of lamb tugged from a shank and coupled with a stray almond sliver. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 In consequence, residents may spend the shank of the evening cruising the neighborhood for a parking spot, getting more brazen or desperate, and likelier to get a parking ticket. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Four flutes for clean drilling and the bits feature a three-flat shank to eliminate slipping in the chuck. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2021 The jerk lamb shank is an eye-popping, hunger-busting main course seen on many of the tables in the upscale restaurant. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 Triangle-diamonds and cabochon rubies surround the main gems and more diamonds are paved on the shank of the ring. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Every 5 meters, Hall jammed a metal shank called a peat corer into the muck and gave it a firm twist to cut out a plug of soil. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 17 June 2021 The bolt shank could break, or the threads may strip, providing no clamping force at all. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 21 May 2021 The shank is made of 18-karat gold but the gold is hand painted. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That convenience is also accentuated due to the impact-ready, 1⁄4-inch hex shank on each of the drill bits. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2021 But the sharp decline in air travel last year pounded these operations, and airports around the world have reported that annual revenues shank by more than half last year. Esther Fung, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2021 The barbecue pork shank along with the Carolina shrimp and grits is perfection. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 The barbecue pork shank along with the Carolina shrimp and grits is perfection. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 The barbecue pork shank along with the Carolina shrimp and grits is perfection. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 The barbecue pork shank along with the Carolina shrimp and grits is perfection. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 The barbecue pork shank along with the Carolina shrimp and grits is perfection. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020 The barbecue pork shank along with the Carolina shrimp and grits is perfection. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of shank

Noun

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

Verb

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shank

Noun

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

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

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“Shank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shank. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for shank

shank

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shank

: 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

noun
\ ˈshaŋk How to pronounce shank (audio) \

Kids Definition of shank

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

shank

noun
\ ˈshaŋk How to pronounce shank (audio) \

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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