shank
I. noun Etymology: Middle English shanke, from Old English scanca; akin to Old Norse skakkr crooked, Greek skazein to limp Date: before 12th century 1. a. the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle in humans or the corresponding part in various other vertebrates b. leg c. a cut of beef, veal, mutton, or lamb from the upper or the lower part of the leg ; shin — see beef illustration 2. a straight narrow usually essential part of an object: as a. the straight part of a nail or pin b. a straight part of a plant ; stem, stalk c. the part of an anchor between the ring and the crown — see anchor illustration d. the part of a fishhook between the eye and the bend e. the part of a key between the handle and the bit f. the stem of a tobacco pipe or the part between the stem and the bowl g. tang 1 h. (1) the narrow part of the sole of a shoe beneath the instep (2) shankpiece 3. a part of an object by which it can be attached: as a. (1) a projection on the back of a solid button (2) a short stem of thread that holds a sewn button away from the cloth b. the end (as of a drill bit) that is gripped in a chuck 4. a. the latter part of a period of time b. the early or main part of a period of time <
11 p.m. on the East coast is merely the shank of the evening on the West coast
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5. slang an often homemade knife • shanked adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1927 to hit (a golf ball or shot) with the extreme heel of the club so that the ball goes off in an unintended direction; also to kick (a football) in an unintended direction

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  • Shank — can refer to: * Lead shank, a type of lead used for difficult horses * Shank (sewing), a sewing specific shank include button shanks and thread shanks * The long, narrow part of a screw or nail * Shank, part of a ship s anchor * Shank (weapon), a …   Wikipedia

  • Shank — Shank, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. {Skink}, v.] 1. The part of the leg from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shank — est un patronyme pouvant désigner: Patronyme Bud Shank (1926 2009), saxophoniste américain Christopher B. Shank (né en 1972), homme politique américain Harvey Shank (né en 1946), joueur de baseball canadien John Shank (mort en 1636), acteur… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Shank — ist der Familienname von: Bud Shank (1926–2009), US amerikanischer Jazzmusiker Charles Shank (*1943), US amerikanischer Physiker Kendra Shank, US amerikanische Jazzsängerin, Gitarristin und Perkussionistin Diese Seite ist e …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shank — [shaŋk] n. [ME shanke < OE scanca, akin to Ger schenkel, thigh < IE base * (s)keng , to limp > Gr skazein, Ger hinken] 1. the lower part of the leg; part between the knee and ankle in humans or a part like this in animals 2. the whole… …   English World dictionary

  • Shank — Shank, v. i. To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; usually followed by off. Darwin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shank — Shank, n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Chank}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shank — [ʃæŋk] n [: Old English; Origin: scanca] 1.) a straight narrow part of a tool or object that connects the two ends ▪ a hammer shank 2.) [U and C] a piece of meat cut from the leg of an animal ▪ lamb shanks 3.) [C usually plural] the part of an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Shank — Shank. См. хвостовик. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • shank — [ ʃæŋk ] noun 1. ) count or uncount the lower part of an animal s leg, or meat from an animal s leg 2. ) count the long thin straight part of an object such as a key or a tool 3. ) count OLD FASHIONED the part of your leg between your knee and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shank — ► NOUN 1) a person s leg, especially the lower part. 2) the lower part of an animal s foreleg, especially as a cut of meat. 3) the shaft or stem of a tool or implement. 4) the band of a ring. DERIVATIVES shanked adjective. ORIGIN Old En …   English terms dictionary

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