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a flat, typically rectangular frame with a hinged pin, used for joining the ends of a belt or strap. a similarly shaped ornament, especially on a shoe.
1 [with object] fasten or decorate with a buckle:he buckled his belt [no object]
) fasten one’s seat belt in a car or aircraft.
2 [no object] bend and give way under pressure or strain:the earth buckled under the titanic stress
[from French boucler 'to bulge']
[with object] bend (something) out of shape:a giant oak buckles the sidewalk (of a person) yield or collapse under pressure:a weaker person might have buckled under the strain