shank: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (shangk), [key]
- the part of the lower limb in humans between the knee and the ankle; leg.
- a corresponding or analogous part in certain animals. See diag. under
- the lower limb in humans, including both the leg and the thigh.
- a cut of meat from the top part of the frontor backleg of an animal. See diag. under
- a narrow part of various devices, as a tool or bolt, connecting the end by which the object is held or moved with the end that acts upon another object.
- a straight, usually narrow, shaftlike part of various objects connecting two more important or complex parts, as the stem of a pipe.
- a knob, small projection, or end of a device for attaching to another object, as a small knob on the back of a solid button, or the end of a drill for gripping in a shaft.
- the long, straight part of an anchor connecting the crown and the ring. See diag. under
- the straight part of a fishhook away from the bent part or prong. See illus. under
- crook (def. 8).
- It was just the shank of the evening when the party began.
- the early part of a period of time:It was just the shank of the evening when the party began.
- the latter part of a period of time:They didn't get started until the shank of the morning.
- the narrow part of the sole of a shoe, lying beneath the instep.
- the body of a type, between the shoulder and the foot. See diag. under
- a shot veering sharply to the right after being hit with the base of a club shaft.
- the part of a phonograph stylus or needle on which the diamond or sapphire tip is mounted.
- the part of a ring that surrounds the finger; hoop.
- the main or best part of the evening: Don't leave yet--it's just the shank of the evening.
- to hit (a golf ball) with the base of the shaft of a club just above the club head, causing the ball to go off sharply to the right.
- to travel on foot. Cf.
- shank (Thesaurus)