buckle: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (buk'ul), [key]
— n., v., -led, -ling.
- 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.
- any similar contrivance used for such purposes.
- an ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.
- a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board or saw blade.
- to fasten with a buckle or buckles: Buckle your seat belt.
- to shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl.
- to prepare (oneself&hasp;) for action; apply (oneself&hasp;) vigorously to something.
- to bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure.
- to close or fasten with a buckle: Grandmother always wore shoes that buckled.
- to prepare oneself or apply oneself: The student buckled to the lesson.
- to bend, warp, bulge, or collapse: The bridge buckled in the storm.
- to yield, surrender, or give way to another (often fol. by under): She refused to take the medicine, but buckled under when the doctor told her to.
- to set to work with vigor; concentrate on one's work: He was by nature a daydreamer and found it hard to buckle down.
- to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles: She won't start the car until we've all buckled up.
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