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Definition of buckle:

  1. A contorted expression, as of the face.
  2. A curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled.
  3. 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.
  4. A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal.
  5. To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.
  6. To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink.
  7. To bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted.
  8. To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close fight; to struggle; to contend.
  9. To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness.
  10. To join in marriage.
  11. To prepare for action; to apply with vigor and earnestness; - generally used reflexively.
  12. To yield; to give way; to cease opposing.

Synonyms:

clasp, founder, surge, cut down, pant, garble, deform, curl, heft, retch, braces, cave, shape, dedicate, warp, brooch, distort, fold, explosion, give in, wrinkle, puff, break down, go, pucker, succumb, turn, do up, eye, direct, straighten, gag, heft up, billow, open up, bend, warping, cut out, heave, yield, devote, deflection, crumble, give up, break a habit, cockle, bow, topple, falsify, subside, crinkle, abandon, submit, come down, give way, wedge, apply, swear off, fall down, tumble, rumple, give, concentrate, drawstring, fall in, grow out of, resist, crease, cufflink, kick, reshape, heave up, capitulate, cummerbund, gasp, collect, work, implode, tie up, crumple, focus, cave in, go out, surrender, twist, form, address, collapse, eyelet.

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