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buckle

buck·le

buckle

 
pronunciation:
buh kl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fastener, usu. made of metal, that is used to join two ends, as of a belt.
 
similar words:
catch, clasp, clip, fastener, fastening, hasp, hook, hook and eye, stud, Velcro
definition 2: a decoration that looks like a buckle, as on a shoe.
similar words:
pin, rosette
definition 3: a bend, bulge, or crimp.
a buckle in the pavement
similar words:
bend, bulge, crimp, distortion, flaw, upheaval, warp
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: buckled, buckles, buckling
definition 1: to join with a buckle.
synonyms:
fasten
similar words:
attach, belt, clasp, clip, connect, couple, hook, link, secure, strap
definition 2: to cause to collapse, bend, or crumple.
Excess weight buckled the bridge.
synonyms:
warp
similar words:
bend, collapse, crumple, deform, distort, twist
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be joined with a buckle.
similar words:
catch, connect, couple, fasten, link
definition 2: to set oneself with determination (usu. fol. by down).
She should buckle down to her studies.
synonyms:
knuckle down
similar words:
apply oneself, concentrate, exert oneself, study, work
definition 3: to collapse, bend, or crumple.
The pier 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, heave, sag, shrink, twist
definition 4: to yield, as to another person (usu. fol. by under).
synonyms:
knuckle under, yield
similar words:
capitulate, submit, surrender