- Inflections of 'buckle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
buck•le /ˈbʌkəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -led, -ling. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a piece of metal attached to one end of a belt or strap, used for fastening to the other end of the same strap or to another strap:His brass belt buckle flashed in the light.
- to fasten with a buckle or buckles: [~ + object]Buckle your seat belt.[~ + on + object]The officer buckled on his pistol.[~ + object + on]He buckled his pistol on.
- to bend because of fatigue:[no object]Suddenly my knees buckled.
- to bend, curl, or collapse suddenly because of heat or pressure: [no object]When the earthquake hit, several highways buckled.[~ + object]The intense heat buckled the road.
- buckle down, [no object] to set to work with strength and determination:Just buckle down and practice.
- buckle under, [no object] to surrender, give way, or yield to another:The stubborn worker finally began to buckle under.
- buckle up, [no object] to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles:Please buckle up now; we're about to land.
(buk′əl),USA pronunciation n., v., -led, -ling. n.
- 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.
- Jewelryan 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;
- to prepare (oneself ) for action;
apply (oneself ) 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.
- buckle down, to set to work with vigor;
concentrate on one's work:He was by nature a daydreamer and found it hard to buckle down.
- buckle up, to fasten one's belt, seat belt, or buckles:She won't start the car until we've all buckled up.
- Latin buc(c)ula cheekpiece (of a helmet), strip of wood, etc., resembling a cheekpiece, equivalent. to bucc(a) cheek + -ula -ule
- Anglo-French bo(u)cle, bucle
- Middle English bocle 1300–50
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sag, bulge, twist;
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buckle /ˈbʌkəl/ n
- a clasp for fastening together two loose ends, esp of a belt or strap, usually consisting of a frame with an attached movable prong
- an ornamental representation of a buckle, as on a shoe
- a kink, bulge, or other distortion: a buckle in a railway track
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French bocle, from Latin buccula a little cheek, hence, cheek strap of a helmet, from bucca cheek
- to fasten or be fastened with a buckle
- to bend or cause to bend out of shape, esp as a result of pressure or heat
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