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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
crack/collapse/buckle etc under the strain (=become unable to continue normally because of the strain)
▪ They are worried that the court system might collapse under the strain.
▪ She went to the tower and buckled down.
▪ They have not buckled down to the determination to fight this war through.
▪ The alternative, of course, is to buckle down and get on with playing the game by Westminster's rules.
▪ If individuals are forced to face the reality of starvation, everyone will buckle down to work.
▪ Scotch especially had trouble buckling down on that one.
▪ Responsible drivers sometimes drive drunk, or fail to buckle up.
▪ For a helpless moment she thought her knees might buckle.
▪ They were small then, but sometimes our knees buckled under their weight.
▪ His words hit her like a battering-ram, making her knees buckle beneath her.
▪ Miguel said, his knees buckling.
▪ Then my knees buckled and I toppled into the warm water, laughing uproariously.
▪ She slipped hurriedly out of the saddle, and then had to grab for it when her legs threatened to buckle.
▪ His legs buckled again, but Marco held him up.
▪ Protest as a groan of anguish, as the sound of something buckling under pressure, rather than protest as a policy document.
▪ In several cases, basement walls and floors in downtown businesses buckled from the pressure.
▪ Now she has buckled under pressure and will spend the entire holiday there.
▪ Rangers buckled under the pressure, but they didn't break.
▪ Perhaps his memory, like Henry's, was buckling under the strain of being forty.
▪ No wonder their marriage had buckled beneath the strain!
▪ Does the amp respond or does it buckle under the strain?
▪ They were small then, but sometimes our knees buckled under their weight.
▪ Frank buckled on his safety harness.
▪ The aluminium chair buckled under Charles's weight.
▪ The sidewalk was cracked and buckled from the earthquake.
▪ The strap buckles on the side.
▪ Windows shattered with the heat from the blaze and metal doors buckled like cardboard.
▪ I am so frightened that my legs begin to give out, actually buckle, and I reach for the railing.
▪ If individuals are forced to face the reality of starvation, everyone will buckle down to work.
▪ In a small area flanked by Bishopsgate, Leadenhall Street and Houndsditch, buildings had buckled from the ferocity of the blast.
▪ She sank down on the bed with the photograph gripped so tightly in her hands that the paper buckled.
▪ The door buckled when something else struck its base.
▪ The Men were outside his cage trying to open it but failing because the branch had buckled it.
▪ They were small then, but sometimes our knees buckled under their weight.
▪ And the belt buckle for every word wrong.
▪ Top competitors will gallop away with gleaming belt buckles and up to $ 2, 500 in prize money.
▪ Even the car keys or a belt buckle may upset things if placed too close.
▪ My belt buckle was covered with green tape.
▪ His belt buckle was digging into the soft skin of her stomach and she moved agitatedly, unconsciously provocative.
▪ He wears Route 66 suspenders and a big Route 66 belt buckle.
▪ Done with a belt buckle mostly.
▪ His thumb rubbed sensuously along the swollen lower lip while his other hand undid his belt buckle.
▪ A quick release buckle on the hipbelt is essential in case a pack needs to be thrown off in an emergency.
▪ And the belt buckle for every word wrong.
▪ It should be fitted with a quick-release buckle.
▪ The buckles glinted in the sun.
▪ They were black painted with small flowers on the buckle.
▪ Top competitors will gallop away with gleaming belt buckles and up to $ 2, 500 in prize money.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Buckle \Buc"kle\ (b[u^]k"k'l), v. i.

  1. To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink.

    Buckled with the heat of the fire like parchment.

  2. To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.

  3. To yield; to give way; to cease opposing. [Obs.]

    The Dutch, as high as they seem, do begin to buckle.

  4. 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 buckle to, to bend to; to engage with zeal.

    To make our sturdy humor buckle thereto.

    Before buckling to my winter's work.
    --J. D. Forbes.


Buckle \Buc"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buckled; p. pr. & vb. n. Buckling.] [OE. boclen, F. boucler. See Buckle, n.]

  1. To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness.

  2. To bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted.

  3. 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.

  4. To join in marriage. [Scot.]
    --Sir W. Scott.


Buckle \Buc"kle\, n. [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.]

  1. 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.

  2. A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal.

  3. 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.
    --W. Irving.

    Lets his wig lie in buckle for a whole half year.

  4. A contorted expression, as of the face. [R.]

    'Gainst nature armed by gravity, His features too in buckle see.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., bokelen, "to fasten with a buckle," from buckle (n.). Related: Buckled; buckling. To buckle down "apply effort, settle down," (1874) is said to be a variant of knuckle down (see knuckle).


"spiked metal ring for holding a belt, etc., c.1300, bukel, from Old French bocle "boss (of a shield)," then "shield," then by further extension "buckle, metal ring," (12c., Modern French boucle), from Latin buccula "cheek strap of a helmet," in Late Latin "boss of a shield," diminutive of bucca "cheek" (see bouche).\n\nBoucle 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.



"distort, warp, bend out of shape" 1520s, bokelen "to arch the body," from Middle French boucler "to bulge," from Old French bocler "to bulge," from bocle "boss of a shield" (see buckle (n.)). Meaning "bend under strong pressure" is from 1590s (figurative from 1640s) . Related: Buckled; buckling.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To distort or collapse under physical pressure; especially, of a slender structure in compression. 2 (context transitive English) To make bend; to cause to become distorted. 3 (context intransitive figuratively English) To give in; to react suddenly or adversely to stress or pressure (of a person). 4 (context intransitive English) To yield; to give way; to cease opposing. 5 (context obsolete intransitive English) To enter upon some labour or contest; to join in close fight; to contend. 6 To buckle down; to apply oneself. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context countable English) A clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap. 2 (context Canada heraldry English) The brisure of an eighth daughter. 3 (context roofing English) An upward, elongated displacement of a roof membrane frequently occurring over insulation or deck joints. A buckle may be an indication of movement with the roof assembly. 4 A distortion, bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal. 5 A curl of hair, especially a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled. 6 A contorted expression, as of the face. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To fasten using a buckle. 2 (context Scotland English) To unite in marriage.

  1. v. fasten with a buckle or buckles [syn: clasp] [ant: unbuckle]

  2. fold or collapse; "His knees buckled" [syn: crumple]

  3. bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat; "The highway buckled during the heatwave" [syn: heave, warp]

  1. n. fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong

  2. a shape distorted by twisting or folding [syn: warp]


The buckle or clasp is a device used for fastening two loose ends, with one end attached to it and the other held by a catch in a secure but adjustable manner. Often taken for granted, the invention of the buckle has been indispensable in securing two ends before the invention of the zipper. The basic buckle frame comes in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the intended use and fashion of the era. Buckles are as much in use today as they have been in the past. Used for much more than just securing one’s belt, instead it is one of the most dependable devices in securing a range of items.

Buckle (clothing retailer)

The Buckle, Inc. is a fashion retailer and selling clothing, footwear, and accessories for young men and women. The company operates 463 stores in 44 US states, under the names Buckle and The Buckle. Buckle markets brand names and private label apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops/shirts, activewear, outerwear, accessories and footwear.

Buckle (disambiguation)

Buckle may refer to:

  • Buckle, a clasp used for fastening two things together
  • Buckle (casting), a type of casting defect
  • Buckle (store), a retailer of medium- to high-priced casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women
  • Buckling, a failure mode characterized by a sudden failure of a structural member subjected to high compressive stresses
  • Buckle (surname)
  • Buckles, a comic strip by David Gilbert about the misadventures of an anthropomorphic naïve dog
  • Buckles, Virginia
  • A type of Cobbler (food) used as a dessert
  • A character from " An Apocalypse to Remember", an episode of American Dad
  • Buckle Sports Coupe, an automobile produced in Australia from 1956 to 1960
  • Frank Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I to die
  • Blimp, the bottom part of the blimp is known as the buckle
Buckle (surname)

Buckle is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Andrew Buckle (born 1982), Australian golfer
  • Baldrick Buckle (born 1972), British artist
  • Bobby Buckle (1869–1959), English footballer
  • Catherine Buckle, Zimbabwean writer
  • Charles G. Palmer-Buckle (born 1950) is a Ghanaian Catholic archbishop
  • Claude Buckle (1905–1973), English painter
  • Claude Buckle (admiral) (1803–1894), English naval officer
  • Desmond Buckle (1910–1964), Ghanaian political activist
  • Francis Buckle (1766–1832), English jockey
  • George Earle Buckle (1854–1935), English editor and biographer
  • Harry Buckle (1882–?), Irish footballer
  • Henry Thomas Buckle (1821–1862), English historian
  • John Buckle (1867–1925), British trade unionist and politician
  • Paul Buckle (born 1970), English footballer
  • Richard Buckle (1916-2001), British ballet critic
  • Robert Buckle (1802-1893), English clergyman
  • Ted Buckle (1924–1990), English footballer
  • Terry Buckle (born 1940), Canadian archbishop
  • Walter Clutterbuck Buckle (1886–1955), Canadian politician

Usage examples of "buckle".

Holding the edge of the platform with one hand, Alec undid his belt with the other and worked the end of it back through the buckle.

Springs, alembics, coils of copper tubing, buckled sheets of metal, gear systems both rack-and-pinion and epicyclic, pendulums, levers, cams, cranks, differentials, bearings, pulleys, assorted tools, and stone jars containing alkahest and corrosive substances crowded every horizontal surface.

She could make a hundred pledges to herself, promise never to be with him again, but her will would always buckle in the end.

Then he fastened a head martingale on, and buckled it to the girths atwixt his fore legs.

All three turned to look for their axes, but the ground was heaving and buckling even more violently and their axes had completely disappeared underneath the loose covering of leaves and pines needles that littered the surface.

He buckled in and, with Bluey reading the checklist and pointing at things, got the engine started.

The charge of the blunderbuss had hit the scabbie just below the belt buckle.

Over kilts and loose shirts, all wore knee-long mail hauberks, belted at the hips with thick leather bands sporting huge buckles of brass or polished steel from which depended a sword of some descriptioneverything from native short swords and brass-hilted boarding cutlasses to European and Middle Eastern military brandsat least one each of dirk and dagger and one or more pistols, metal flasks of powder and cour bouilli boxes for lead balls and spanners.

The entire valley floor was under pressure, its ancient rock buckled and twisted by whatever forces lay below.

The land had been hideously buckled by some ancient calamity, raised into rocky bluffs and windswept ridges, and sunk deep into dry riverbeds, canyons and things deeper than canyons.

Thawing mud oozed through cracks in the masonry, and entire sections of tunnel wall had buckled inward from the pressure of moving earth.

Young Graig Lye, cousin to Bludd-slain Banron, buckled his sword harness so ferociously he struck sparks.

Ash dismounted her knees buckled, and Mai rushed forward to put a hand about her waist until she got her land legs.

Its shape, the way the rock was twisted and buckled, as if by some terrible calamity, was just how he imagined it would be.

Anna poked a finger through the wire door of the carrier buckled into the passenger side of the bench seat.