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BUCKLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does buckle mean? 

BUCKLE (noun)
  The noun BUCKLE has 2 senses:

1. fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong
2. a shape distorted by twisting or folding

  Familiarity information: BUCKLE used as a noun is rare.


BUCKLE (verb)
  The verb BUCKLE has 3 senses:

1. fasten with a buckle or buckles
2. fold or collapse
3. bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

  Familiarity information: BUCKLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUCKLE (noun)


Sense 1buckle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("buckle" is a kind of...):

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)

Meronyms (parts of "buckle"):

prong (a pointed projection)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "buckle"):

belt buckle (the buckle used to fasten a belt)


Sense 2buckle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A shape distorted by twisting or folding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

buckle; warp

Hypernyms ("buckle" is a kind of...):

distorted shape; distortion (a shape resulting from distortion)


BUCKLE (verb)


Sense 1buckle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fasten with a buckle or buckles

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

buckle; clasp

Hypernyms (to "buckle" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

unbuckle (undo the buckle of)


Sense 2buckle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fold or collapse

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

buckle; crumple

Context example:

His knees buckled

Hypernyms (to "buckle" is one way to...):

break; cave in; collapse; fall in; founder; give; give way (break down, literally or metaphorically)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 3buckle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

warp; buckle; heave

Context example:

The highway buckled during the heat wave

Hypernyms (to "buckle" is one way to...):

change surface (undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "buckle"):

lift (rise upward, as from pressure or moisture)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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