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SHANK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shank mean? 

SHANK (noun)
  The noun SHANK has 8 senses:

1. a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
2. the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
3. cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
4. cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
5. cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
6. the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
7. lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
8. a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball

  Familiarity information: SHANK used as a noun is common.


SHANK (verb)
  The verb SHANK has 1 sense:

1. hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction

  Familiarity information: SHANK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHANK (noun)


Sense 1shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

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

cut; cut of meat (a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass)

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

foreshank (a cut of meat from the upper part of a front leg)

hindshank (a cut of meat from the upper part of a rear leg)


Sense 2shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

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

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Meronyms (parts of "shank"):

calf; sura (the muscular back part of the shank)

Holonyms ("shank" is a part of...):

leg (a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle)


Sense 3shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

shank; stem

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

cylinder (a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line)

Holonyms ("shank" is a part of...):

wineglass (a glass that has a stem and in which wine is served)

pin (a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things)

nail (a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener)

key (metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated)

grip; handgrip; handle; hold (the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it)

anchor; ground tackle (a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving)


Sense 4shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

cylinder (a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line)

Holonyms ("shank" is a part of...):

bolt (a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener)


Sense 5shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

cylinder (a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line)

Holonyms ("shank" is a part of...):

bit (the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press)


Sense 6shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

waist; shank

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

part; portion (something less than the whole of a human artifact)

Holonyms ("shank" is a part of...):

sole (the underside of footwear or a golf club)


Sense 7shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

cannon; shank

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

body part (any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity)

Meronyms (parts of "shank"):

cannon bone (greatly developed metatarsal or metacarpal bone in the shank or cannon part of the leg in hoofed mammals)

Holonyms ("shank" is a part of...):

hoofed mammal; ungulate (any of a number of mammals with hooves that are superficially similar but not necessarily closely related taxonomically)

animal leg (the leg of an animal)


Sense 8shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

golf shot; golf stroke; swing (the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it)


SHANK (verb)


Sense 1shank [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

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

hit (cause to move by striking)

Domain category:

golf; golf game (a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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