Buc·kle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buckled p. pr. & vb. n. Buckling.]
1. To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness.
2. To bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted.
3. To prepare for action; to apply with vigor and earnestness; -- formerly, generally used reflexively, but by mid 20th century, usually used with down; -- as, the programmers buckled down and worked late hours to finish the project in time for the promised delivery date.
Cartwright buckled himself to the employment. --Fuller.
4. To join in marriage. [Scot.]
1. A 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 the tongue.
2. A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal.
3. A curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled.
Earlocks in tight buckles on each side of a lantern face. --W. Irving.
Lets his wig lie in buckle for a whole half year. --Addison.
4. A contorted expression, as of the face. [R.]
'Gainst nature armed by gravity,
His features too in buckle see. --Churchill.
Buc·kle v. i.
1. To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink.
Buckled with the heat of the fire like parchment. --Pepys.
2. To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.
3. To yield; to give way; to cease opposing. [Obs.]
The Dutch, as high as they seem, do begin to buckle. --Pepys.
4. To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close fight; to struggle; to contend.
The bishop was as able and ready to buckle with the Lord Protector as he was with him. --Latimer.
In single combat thou shalt buckle with me. --Shak.
To buckle to, to bend to; to engage with zeal.
To make our sturdy humor buckle thereto. --Barrow.
Before buckling to my winter's work. --J. D. Forbes.
n 1: fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap;
often has loose prong
2: a shape distorted by twisting or folding [syn: warp]
v 1: fasten with a buckle or buckles [syn: clasp] [ant: unbuckle]
2: fold or collapse; "His knees buckled" [syn: crumple]
3: bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; "The
highway buckled during the heatwave" [syn: heave, warp]