I. noun Etymology: Middle English bocle, from Anglo-French, boss of a shield, buckle, from Latin buccula, diminutive of bucca cheek Date: 14th century 1. a fastening for two loose ends that is attached to one and holds the other by a catch 2. an ornamental device that suggests a buckle 3. archaic a crisp curl II. verb (buckled; buckling) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to fasten with a buckle 2. to prepare with vigor 3. to cause to bend, give way, or crumple intransitive verb 1. to become fastened with a buckle 2. to apply oneself with vigor — usually used with down <
buckle down to the job
3. to bend, heave, warp, or kink usually under the influence of some external agency <
wheat buckling in the wind
4. collapse <
the props buckled under the strain
5. to give way ; yield <
he buckled under pressure
III. noun Date: circa 1876 1. a product of buckling ; bend, fold 2. a coffee cake baked with berries and a crumbly topping <
blueberry buckle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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