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1. A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
2. An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
3. An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.
v. buck·led, buck·ling, buck·les
1. To fasten with a buckle.
2. To cause to bend, warp, or crumple.
1. To become fastened with a buckle.
2. To bend, warp, or crumple, as under pressure or heat.
3. To give way; collapse: My knees buckled with fear.
4. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in: finally buckled under the excessive demands of the job.
Phrasal Verbs:
buckle down
To apply oneself with determination.
buckle up
To use a safety belt, especially in an automobile.

[Middle English bokel, from Old French boucle, from Latin buccula, cheek strap of a helmet, diminutive of bucca, cheek.]


(Cookery) another name for a bloater
[C20: from German Bückling]
References in classic literature ?
as some have been, when the moon was low, and shone on their enemies' back), and so to shoot off before the time; or to teach dangers to come on, by over early buckling towards them; is another extreme.
So saying, he raised his face, which was very red,--no doubt from the exertion of strapping and buckling as aforesaid,--and giving the reins to the old man, who had by this time taken his seat, sighed again and bade him good night.
Car passengers are gradually getting the message when it comes to buckling up, private hire drivers have said -- a move that could save their lives.
The theoretical buckling stress of a flat structural element is the stress at which an exchange of stable equilibrium configurations occurs between the straight and the slightly bent forms [5].
Knee buckling may increase your risk of falls and fractures, according to a study published online Feb.
Those who fell due to knee buckling towards the start of the study period had more than four times the risk for recurrent falls and poor balance two years later, and were twice as likely to suffer significant injury during a fall.
A lot of research on the structural behaviors of web panels with lower regional sectional damage has been carried out to examine the shear buckling resistance and shear buckling behaviors [1-12].
Owing to their relatively low stiffness, local buckling generally occurs in thin-walled structures before reaching the strength failure of the materials, resulting in large deformation or even catastrophic failure of the overall system.
MyBuckleMate not only offers ease of buckling but also provides an important safety measure, allowing kids to buckle and unbuckle themselves (kids need to be able to unbuckle themselves in the event of an accident).
During the 18th century, buckles were also in vogue for fastening tight-fitting breeches just below the knee, and for buckling fine scarves, called stocks, at the back of the neck.
Abstract: Paper presents creep buckling numerical modeling of steel beam-type structure.