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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.


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