- 1A flat, typically rectangular frame with a hinged pin, used for joining the ends of a belt or strap.More example sentences
- Dating from the late ninth century AD, the hoard includes silver coins, fragments of two swords, weights, a belt buckle, strap ends as well as the boat nails.
- The Flex-Strap closure is on all new 2004 styles that have a plastic buckle.
- The back of the cap has a quick release buckle and a strap to adjust sizing.
- 1.1A similarly shaped ornament, especially on a shoe.More example sentences
- To complete the outfit, I wore a pair of slip on shoes with a huge buckle, which I'd also found in the Cancer Care shop.
- And, in fact, the buckles on his wedding shoes for the day of his marriage were worth two million pounds or so, $3 million by today's standards.
- Long silken stockings ran from his knees into his tiny little shoes with silver buckles.
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- 1 [with object] Fasten or decorate with a buckle: he buckled his beltMore example sentences
- I buckled on the belt and clipped the knife to it, then hefted the sword gingerly.
- Adam looked at the Marshall through narrowed eyes as he buckled on his gun belt.
- She buckled her seat belt and opened the window to look out on Newark at night.
- 1.1 [no object] (buckle up) Fasten one’s seat belt in a car or aircraft.More example sentences
- You know, this is a tough decision, because everyone in the aviation industry does agree that buckling up into your own seat is the safest way for everyone to go: adults, babies, toddlers, everyone.
- But only a Jaguar can afford to sport a system this advanced - for the rest of us - buckle up.
- So, buckle up, happy flying and I think you'll find a little education goes a very long way toward reducing your fears.
- 2 [no object] Bend and give way under pressure or strain: the earth buckled under the titanic stress[from French boucler 'to bulge']More example sentences
- The pain was almost unbearable as they continued to apply pressure and his knees buckled under the strain.
- As the protein binds to DNA, the molecule buckles to form a loop which is sufficiently long-lived to be observed as a decrease in its extension.
- For a second day speed restrictions were placed on tracks across the country amid fears they might buckle on what proved to be the hottest day of the year so far.
- 2.1 [with object] Bend (something) out of shape: a giant oak buckles the sidewalkMore example sentences
- The problem is, the car door is often buckled and wedged shut by the crash.
- An armored vehicle climbed the home's marble stairs and buckled the walls.
- The front wheel is buckled and the back wheel is bent.
- 2.2(Of a person) yield or collapse under pressure: a weaker person might have buckled under the strainMore example sentences
- Back then he had buckled, begged for his life, done whatever he was ordered to do just to survive.
- His feet touched the ground and he knees buckled under the sudden weight gain.
- After two days of damaging headlines he finally buckled and declared he would not challenge.
- Tackle a task with determination: they will buckle down to negotiations over the next few monthsMore example sentences
- But then Saval, with Donal Murphy playing great stuff, buckled down to the task with Fergal McConville and Paul Greenan replying, to leave eight points between the teams.
- We've got to keep buckling down and going for it.
- ‘I was so determined, I just buckled down to it,’ he said.
Middle English: from Old French bocle, from Latin buccula 'cheek strap of a helmet', from bucca 'cheek'.