shank

Definitions

  • 6. Sheep-Shank
    6. Sheep-Shank
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shank hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
    • n shank a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
    • n shank lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
    • n shank the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
    • n shank cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
    • n shank cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
    • n shank cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
    • n shank the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
    • n shank a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shank (Founding) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
    • Shank A loop forming an eye to a button.
    • Shank (Zoöl) A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called also shanks.
    • Shank Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
    • Shank Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved.
    • n Shank (Zoöl) See Chank.
    • Shank That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle.
    • Shank That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock.
    • Shank (Print) The body of a type.
    • Shank The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms.
    • Shank The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg. "His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
      For his shrunk shank ."
    • Shank (Shoemaking) The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
    • Shank (Arch) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
    • v. i Shank To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually followed by off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shank The leg, or the part of the leg which extends from the knee to the ankle; the tibia or shin-bone.
    • n shank Technically, in anatomy and zoology, the shin, crus, or leg proper, between the knee and the ankle: the second segment of the hind limb, represented by the length of the tibia.
    • n shank In a horse, popularly, the part of the fore leg between the so-called knee and the fetlock, corresponding to the metacarpus. See cut under horse.
    • n shank In a bird, popularly, the part of the foot between where the feathers usually end and the roots of the toes, commonly held upright and appearing like a part of the leg, not of the foot, as it really is; the tarsometatarsus.
    • n shank In entomology, the tibia: same as shin
    • n shank In botany, the footstalk or pedicel of a flower.
    • n shank A stocking, or the part of a stocking which covers the leg; specifically, a stocking in the process of being knitted (a Scotch use); also, a legging or leg-covering.
    • n shank That part of an instrument, tool, or the like which connects the acting part, with a handle or the part by which it is held or moved, Specifically The stem of a key, between the bow and the bit.
    • n shank That part of a shoe which connects the broad part of the sole with the heel. See cut under boot.
    • n shank In metallurgy, a large ladle to contain molten metals, managed by a straight bar at one end and a cross-bar with handles at the other end, by which it is tipped to pour out the metal.
    • n shank The shaft of a mine.
    • n shank plural Flat pliers with jaws of soft iron used for nibbling glass for lenses preparatory to grinding. See nibbling.
    • n shank In arch.:
    • n shank The shaft of a column.
    • n shank The plain space between the grooves of the Doric triglyph.
    • n shank A kind of fur, mentioned as used for trimming outer garments in the sixteenth century, and as derived from the legs of animals.
    • n shank The latter end or part of anything.
    • shank To be affected with disease of the pedicel or footstalk; fall off by decay of the footstalk: often with off.
    • shank To take to one's legs: frequently with an impersonal it: as, to shank it (that is, to make the journey on foot).
    • shank To send off without ceremony.
    • shank In the making of lenses, to break off (the rough edges) with pliers of soft iron.
    • n shank A shell: same as chank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shank shangk the leg below the knee to the foot: the long part of any instrument, as of an anchor between the arms and ring: the part of a tool connecting the handle with the acting part: the part of a shoe connecting the sole with the heel
    • v.i Shank to be affected with disease of the footstalk: to take to one's legs (with it)
    • v.t Shank (Scot.) to despatch unceremoniously
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Idioms

Shanks's pony - (UK) If you go somewhere by Shanks's pony, you walk there.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,. √161. Cf. Skink (v.)

Usage

In literature:

They were D'Arcy and his two companions, Lonagon and Shanks.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
A recording slate, the tables for the guests, etc., are arranged between the two shanks or legs of the alley.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
Where did ye get yer ideas of nature, anyway, ye spindle-shanked carpenter's apprentice?
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
In shape it is like a small spade, about two and a half inches wide, with a square shank.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
Boil the shank four or five hours in water, enough to cover it.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Take them from small but well fatted animals, cut off the shank, also part of the top round.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Put the spit in close to the shank-bone, and run it along the blade-bone.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
But he was nervous, and had barely started when his crippled feet, far too big for his thin shanks, became entangled.
"In the Orbit of Saturn" by Roman Frederick Starzl
You may remoue them before they put forth shankes, a good Pot-hearbe.
"A New Orchard And Garden" by William Lawson
This plate is soldered to the shank of the screw-eye and the cleat is complete.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
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In poetry:

See! the shaggy pelt doth grow
On his twisted shanks below,
And his dreadful feet are cloven
Though his brow be white as snow—
"The Satyr" by C S Lewis
No sea-change decks the sunken shank of bone
That chucks in backtrack of the wave;
Though the mind like an oyster labors on and on,
A grain of sand is all we have.
"Two Lovers And A Beachcomber" by Sylvia Plath
Gowd 's no that scanty in ilk siller pock,
When ilka bit laddie maun hae his bit staigie;
But I kent the day when there was nae a Jock,
But trotted about upon honest shank's naigie.
"Old And New Times" by Alexander Boswell
See hoo he dauds the spoon away, as wud as wud can be,
Scalin' a' the sowp, an' lebbrin' baith himsel' an' me;
Pushin' against the table wi' his wee shanks firm an' stieve,
Tryin' to sup wi' perfect spite his parritch wi' his nieve!
"The Steerin' Wee Laddie" by Alexander Anderson
Often he wonders why on earth he went
Troyward, or why poor Paris ever came.
Oft she weeps, gummy-eyed and impotent;
Her dry shanks twitch at Paris' mumbled name.
So Menelaus nagged; and Helen cried;
And Paris slept on by Scamander side.
"Menelaus And Helen" by Rupert Brooke
Losh me, what awfu' screigh is that? I'll turn me roun' an' see:
He's cowpit ow'r the bowl, an' ramm'd the spoon-shank in his e'e;
Then what a cry for mammy comes, that I maun let alane
What wark I had to dae, an' tak' him on my knee again.
"The Steerin' Wee Laddie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Sunlight from the shank of a gorgeous day was streaming through the window as a message from the front arrived, the holiday front where festive consumer-soldiers were digging in for Thanksgiving.
One of them, Mary Alicia Shanks, was a second grade teacher at Essex Elementary School.
Studio behind such popular downloadable titles as "N+" and "Shank" tries its hand at the stealth genre / Klei Entertainment.
Marilyn "Mari" Elaine (Shanks) Single, 55, of La Plata, Md.
Maternal grandparents are Wesley and Lola Shank and Lora Swortzel.
Kelsee Rosales scored 18 points on five 3-pointers for OHS while Sharlotte Shanks added nine points, six assists and five steals for the Knights.
Shank's Daytona 24 preparation .
McGee shanked punts of 20, 28 and 30 yards, with the 20-yarder coming on his first kick.
NO-SHANK's 24/7 Mini Razor , one of the safest razors in the corrections industry, weighs in at less than 1 gram and is 1 inch wide with an overall length of 1.1 inches.
The program, which Shank chose and helped install, is an audience response system called TurningPoint 2006, from Turning Technologies (turningtechnologies.com).
Martha Shank , 55, of Charlotte, Tenn. Died Saturday, Oct 27, 2012, at her residence.
Shank 's was the 33rd entry.
Just like he does after a poor shot in which he, er, shanks a ball onto the fairway next to him, Shank moved on quickly from the disappointment of the WPIAL ruling.
Trustees of Marymount University in Arlington on Monday announced the selection of Matthew Shank as the school's sixth president.
Delicious and healthy recipes for lamb chops and recipes for lamb shanks .
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In science:

Similar results were obtained for Shanks fields over F7 .
Simple cubic function fields and class number computations
The phenomenon of small class numbers also presents itself for simple cubic number fields, as noted by Shanks .
Simple cubic function fields and class number computations
However, in the case of simple cubic number fields, Shanks notes that this small/moderate class number size is due to the fact that 2 and 3 are cubic non-residues for all P = a2 + 3a + 9 under his consideration.
Simple cubic function fields and class number computations
The first example we were able to find was over F13 , namely the Shanks field K where A = t3 + 1.
Simple cubic function fields and class number computations
For smaller values of deg(A), we used the truncated Euler product to compute class numbers of the Shanks simple cubic function fields.
Simple cubic function fields and class number computations
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