• A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old
    A few buckles and buttons in the Jamestown collection. Many are over 300 years old
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v buckle bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat "The highway buckled during the heat wave"
    • v buckle fold or collapse "His knees buckled"
    • v buckle fasten with a buckle or buckles
    • n buckle fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong
    • n buckle a shape distorted by twisting or folding
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The shoe string was invented in England in 1790. Until then shoes were fastened with buckles.
    • Buckle A contorted expression, as of the face. "'Gainst nature armed by gravity,
      His features too in buckle see."
    • Buckle A curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled. "Earlocks in tight buckles on each side of a lantern face.""Lets his wig lie in buckle for a whole half year."
    • Buckle A device, usually of metal, consisting of a frame with one more movable tongues or catches, used for fastening things together, as parts of dress or harness, by means of a strap passing through the frame and pierced by the tongue.
    • Buckle A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal.
    • Buckle To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.
    • Buckle To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink. "Buckled with the heat of the fire like parchment."
    • Buckle To bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted.
    • Buckle To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close fight; to struggle; to contend. "The bishop was as able and ready to buckle with the Lord Protector as he was with him.""In single combat thou shalt buckle with me.""To make our sturdy humor buckle there to .""Before buckling to my winter's work."
    • Buckle To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness.
    • Buckle To join in marriage.
    • Buckle To prepare for action; to apply with vigor and earnestness; -- formerly, generally used reflexively, but by mid 20th century, usually used with down;as, the programmers buckled down and worked late hours to finish the project in time for the promised delivery date. "Cartwright buckled himself to the employment."
    • Buckle To yield; to give way; to cease opposing. "The Dutch, as high as they seem, do begin to buckle ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • buckle To bend; bow.
    • buckle To curl; become wrinkled; shrivel up.
    • buckle To yield assent; agree: with to: as, I can't buckle to that.
    • buckle To bend to something; apply one's self with vigor; engage in with zeal: with to: as, “go, buckle to the law,”
    • buckle To enter upon some labor or contest; struggle; contend: with with.
    • buckle To bend; curl; shrivel as by the application of heat.
    • n buckle A bend, bulge, or kink, as in a saw-blade.
    • n buckle A contorted expression of the face.
    • n buckle Any curl of hair, especially a long curl carefully arranged, and turned toward the head, worn by women in the eighteenth century.
    • n buckle The condition of being curled, as of hair.
    • n buckle A clasp consisting of a rectangular or curved rim, with one or more movable tongues secured to the chape at one side or in the middle, and long enough to rest upon the opposite side: used for fastening together two straps or belts or the ends of the same strap, or for some similar purpose. It is sewed or otherwise fastened to one band or end, and the other is passed through it, being kept from slipping by the tongue or tongues. Buckles for use in dress have often been made highly ornamental, especially for shoes. See shoe-buckle.
    • n buckle In heraldry, same as arming-buckle.
    • n buckle An iron loop for fastening the blade to the frame of a wood-saw.
    • buckle To fasten with a buckle or buckles.
    • buckle To prepare for action of any kind (a metaphor taken from buckling on armor previous to engaging in battle); hence, to set vigorously to work at anything: with a reflexive pronoun.
    • buckle To join in battle.
    • buckle To confine or limit.
    • buckle To join together; unite in marriage.
    • buckle To marry.
    • buckle To do up (the hair) in curlpapers; curl; crimp. See buckle, n., 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Buckle buk′l a metal instrument consisting of a rim and tongue, used for fastening straps or bands in dress, harness, &c
    • v.t Buckle to fasten with a buckle: to prepare for action: to engage in close fight
    • v.i Buckle to bend or bulge out: to engage with zeal in a task
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bocle, buckle, boss of a shield, OF. bocle, F. boucle, boss of a shield, ring, fr. L. buccula, a little cheek or mouth, dim. of bucca, cheek; this boss or knob resembling a cheek


In literature:

He next looked to his spurs, to see that the straps were properly buckled.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Come, keep on that shirt; let your leggings sweat where they are, and buckle this about you.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Macaulay stands for the first, Taine the second, Buckle the third.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
That will include shoes with buckles.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
All of her best friends are Scouts, and she certainly has buckled down to work well.
"The Girl Scouts' Good Turn" by Edith Lavell
Clem told me she often dreamed of that pair of garters with its shining buckles!
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
This waiter's name was Buckle, and he had served Johnnie faithfully for the past several years.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
His eyes had been attracted by the fancy buckle shoes of Herr Carovius.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He now came forth at the noise, before he had buckled his leg-pieces.
"The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche" by Anatole France
The belt was strong and so was the buckle, and leaning over he threw one end of the belt out, not once, but several times.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

The maiPd will of the warrior,
That buckled in thy breast
Humility as of Francis,
The Self-surrender of Christ;
"Emily Bronte" by Robert Seymour Bridges
There is something provident
In a buckling firmament
That raises in a rocky caption
Going-To-The-Sun's red bastion:
"Going To The Sun" by Norman MacLeod
It's playing it low on William,
But perhaps he'll buckle to,
To show them high-toned seraphs
What a mulga man can do.
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
Soon they loo'd, and soon ware buckled;
Nane took time to think and rue--
Youth and worth and beauty cuppled;
Luve had never less to do.
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
His armour he has buckled on, to wage
The regulation war against the Stage;
And warns his congregation all to shun
"The Presence-Chamber of the Evil One,"
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
No ghosts in Salem town
With silver buckled shoon?
No lovely witch to drown
Or burn beneath the moon?
Not even a whiff of tea,
On Boston's glimmering quay.
"The Ghost Of The New World" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Toddlers buckle up for safety.
Shepperson hopes to follow in his father's gold buckle -winning footsteps.
Les Shepperson need not look far to be reminded what a gold buckle looks like.
Buckle up for Lowe's Community Safety Saturday Event.
Teen rally held in McAllen to ' Buckle Up.
Two people who have experienced what happens when you don't buckle up.
Knox County teens buckle up.
' Buckle Up New York' seatbelt crackdown starts in New York.
New York drivers and their passengers better make sure they're buckled up.
Buckle up, slow down for Toledo traffic enforcement blitz.
Buckle up because they're looking for you.
0As part of the "Click It or Ticket" program, officers from three different police agencies were out making sure motorists were buckled up Tuesday.
The Utah Highway Patrol has the perfect Christmas gift to your loved ones: buckle up.
Buckle Moves Up In Market Cap Rank, Passing E*trade Financial.
Arrows buckle down on 'D,' roll to win.

In science:

During the buckling event, the tilt angle reaches a peak value followed by a gradual decrease.
Meridional tilt of the stellar velocity ellipsoid during bar buckling instability
Outside the buckling episode, the tilt angle is nearly zero.
Meridional tilt of the stellar velocity ellipsoid during bar buckling instability
Thus, while observing squeezing will be challenging, the prospect of exploring tunable quantum squeezing in nanomechanical beams and the connection to Euler buckling instability are intriguing.
Quantum Properties of a Nanomechanical Oscillator
Buckling and persistence length of an amphiphilic worm from molecular dynamics simulations. J.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
Area compressibility and buckling of amphiphilic bilayers in molecular dynamics simulations. J.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?