BUCK'LE, n. 1. An instrument made of some kind of metal, for fastening together certain parts of dress, as the straps and bands, as in a harness. The forms are various, but it consists of a ring or rim with a chape and tongue.2. A curl, or a state of being curled or crisped, as hair.3. In coats of arms, a token of the surety, faith and service of the bearer.
BUCK'LE, v.t. To fasten with a buckle,or buckles.1. To prepare for action; a metaphor, taken from buckling on armor.2. To join in battle.3. To confine or limitA span buckles in his sum of age.
BUCK'LE, n. [Fr. boucle, a buckle, a ring, a knocker; boucler, to curl, to ring, to buckle; Ir. bucla; Arm. boucl. In Sp. bucle is hair curled. In W. baçu, baçellu, and baglu signify, to bend, hook, or grapple. Sax. bugan, to bow.]
- An instrument made of some kind of metal, for fastening together certain parts of dress, as the straps of shoes, knee-bands, &c., or other straps and bands, as in a harness. The forms are various, but it consists of a ring or rim with a chape and tongue.
- A curl, or a state of being curled or crisped, as hair. – Spectator.
- In coats of arms, a token of the surety, faith, and service of the bearer. – Encyc.
To bend; to bow; as, to buckle under life. – Shak.
To buckle to, to bend to; to apply with vigor; to engage with zeal. – Locke.
To buckle in, to close in; to embrace or seize the body, as in a scuffle; a popular use in America.
To buckle with, to encounter with embrace; to join in close combat. – Dryden.
- To fasten with a buckle, or buckles.
- To prepare for action; a metaphor, taken from buckling on armor. – Spenser.
- To join in battle. – Hayward.
- To confine or limit.
A span buckles in his sum of age. – Shak.
device, usually of metal, consisting of a frame with one more movable
tongues or catches, used for fastening things together, as parts of dress
or harness, by means of a strap passing through the frame and pierced by
- To fasten or confine with a
buckle or buckles] as, to buckle a harness.
- To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow;
to curl; to kink.
- A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw
blade or a plate of sheet metal.
- To bend; to cause to kink, or to become
- To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a
- A curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl
formerly worn; also, the state of being curled.
- To prepare for action; to apply with vigor and
earnestness; -- generally used reflexively.
- To yield; to give way; to cease opposing.
- A contorted expression, as of the face.
- To join in marriage.
- To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in
close fight; to struggle; to contend.