Verb buckle Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To distort or collapse under physical pressure; especially, of a slender structure in compression. (transitive) To make bend; to cause to become distorted. (intransitive, figuratively) To give in; to react suddenly or adversely to stress or pressure (of a person). (intransitive) To yield; to give way; to cease opposing. (obsolete, intransitive) To enter upon some labour or contest; to join in close fight; to contend. To buckle down; to apply oneself.

More definition:

1.a clasp consisting of a rectangular or curved rim with one or more movable tongues, fixed to one end of a belt or strap, used for fastening to the other end of the same strap or to another strap.

2.any similar contrivance used for such purposes. ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.

4.a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board or saw blade. fasten with a buckle or buckles, Buckle your seat belt. shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl. prepare (oneself) for action; apply (oneself) vigorously to something. bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure. close or fasten with a buckle, Grandmother always wore shoes that buckled. prepare oneself or apply oneself, The student buckled to the lesson.1 bend, warp, bulge, or collapse, The bridge buckled in the storm.1 yield, surrender, or give way to another (often followed by under), She refused to take the medicine, but buckled under when the doctor told her to.

3.buckle down, to set to work with vigor; concentrate on one's work, He was by nature a daydreamer and found it hard to buckle down.1

4.buckle up, to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles, She won't start the car until we've all buckled up.

1. a clasp for fastening together two loose ends, esp of a belt or strap, usually consisting of a frame with an attached movable prong

2. an ornamental representation of a buckle, as on a shoe

3. a kink, bulge, or other distortion, a buckle in a railway track verb

4. to fasten or be fastened with a buckle

5. to bend or cause to bend out of shape, esp as a result of pressure or heat Word OriginC14, from Old French bocle, from Latin buccula a little cheek, hence, cheek strap of a helmet, from bucca cheekCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"spiked metal ring for holding a belt, etc., c.1300, bukel, from Old French bocle "boss (of a shield)," then "shield," then by further extension "buckle, metal ring," (12c., Modern French boucle), from Latin buccula "cheek strap of a helmet," in Late Latin "boss of a shield," diminutive of bucca "cheek" (see bouche).Boucle in the middle ages had the double sense of a "shield's boss" and "a ring"; the last sense has alone survived, and it metaph. developed in the boucle de cheveux, ringlets. [Kitchin]
late 14c., bokelen, "to fasten with a buckle," from buckle (n.). Related, Buckled; buckling. To buckle down "apply effort, settle down," (1874) is said to be a variant of knuckle down (see knuckle)."distort, warp, bend out of shape" 1520s, bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler "to bulge," from Old French bocler "to bulge," from bocle "boss of a shield" (see buckle (n.)). Meaning "bend under strong pressure" is from 1590s (figurative from 1640s) . Related, Buckled; buckling.


The belt buckle that deflected the knife from his heart was now irritating the scar.

Her gaze continued up to the large western belt buckle that hugged his flat abdomen.

As he slid away, his belt buckle gouged into her stomach and she cried out in pain.

The large belt buckle at his lean waist lay flat against a washboard stomach.

Gordon, Immortality and the New Theodicy (1897); Henry Buckle, The After Life (1907).

Where the central oceanic buckle attains the water-line we have our oceanic islands, seen in our type ocean, as St Helena and the Azores.

Buckle, Introd.

You say, "Insert the left buckle into the V-shaped grommet ..."

At the basis of the works of all the modern historians from Gibbon to Buckle, despite their seeming disagreements and the apparent novelty of their outlooks, lie those two old, unavoidable assumptions.

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