a clasp consisting of a rectangular or curved rim with one or more movable tongues, fixed to one end of a belt or strap, used for fastening to the other end of the same strap or to another strap.
any similar contrivance used for such purposes.
an ornament of metal, beads, etc., of similar appearance.
a bend, bulge, or kink, as in a board or saw blade.
to fasten with a buckle or buckles:
Buckle your seat belt.
to shrivel, by applying heat or pressure; bend; curl.
to prepare (oneself) for action; apply (oneself) vigorously to something.
to bend, warp, or cause to give way suddenly, as with heat or pressure.
to close or fasten with a buckle:
Grandmother always wore shoes that buckled.
to prepare oneself or apply oneself:
The student buckled to the lesson.
to bend, warp, bulge, or collapse:
The bridge buckled in the storm.
to yield, surrender, or give way to another (often followed by under):
She refused to take the medicine, but buckled under when the doctor told her to.
buckle down, to set to work with vigor; concentrate on one’s work:
He was by nature a daydreamer and found it hard to buckle down.
buckle up, to fasten one’s belt, seat belt, or buckles:
She won’t start the car until we’ve all buckled up.
Contemporary Examples

Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman March 29, 2014
The Stars Predict Your Week Starsky + Cox October 8, 2011
Obama’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Barack Obama December 9, 2009
The PA’s Pitiable Strategy George Hale July 11, 2012
Syria’s Israeli Guardian Angel Itay Hod January 30, 2014

Historical Examples

Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A Yankee Flier Over Berlin Al Avery
The Tangled Skein Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy

another name for a bloater
a clasp for fastening together two loose ends, esp of a belt or strap, usually consisting of a frame with an attached movable prong
an ornamental representation of a buckle, as on a shoe
a kink, bulge, or other distortion: a buckle in a railway track
to fasten or be fastened with a buckle
to bend or cause to bend out of shape, esp as a result of pressure or heat

Boucle in the middle ages had the double sense of a “shield’s boss” and “a ring”; the last sense has alone survived, and it metaph. developed in the boucle de cheveux, ringlets. [Kitchin]


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