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buckle

buck·le

buckle

pronunciation:
buh kl
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fastener that is used to join two ends.
The belt buckle is made of silver.
 
similar words:
catch, clasp, clip, fastener, hook, stud, Velcro
definition 2: a bend or bulge.
The buckles in the pavement made it hard to ride my bike.
similar words:
bend, bulge, flaw, upheaval, warp
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: buckled, buckles, buckling
definition 1: to join or fasten with a buckle.
Buckle your seat belt.
synonyms:
fasten
similar words:
attach, clasp, clip, connect, couple, hook, link, secure, strap
definition 2: to set oneself with will and a sense of purpose (usually followed by "down").
She should buckle down to her studies.
synonyms:
knuckle down
similar words:
apply oneself, concentrate, exert oneself, study, work
definition 3: to bend or fall apart.
The bridge buckled in the wind.His knees buckled from the force of the blow.
synonyms:
collapse, crumple, give way, warp
similar words:
bend, bulge, cave in, sag, shrink, twist