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Definition of shank:

  1. A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
  2. A loop forming an eye to a button.
  3. A wading bird with long legs; as, the green- legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; - called also shanks.
  4. Flat- nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
  5. Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved.
  6. See Chank.
  7. That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle.
  8. That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock.
  9. The body of a type.
  10. The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms.
  11. The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg.
  12. The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
  13. The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
  14. To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; - usually followed by off.

Synonyms:

root, prow, limb, foreleg, waistline, bow, stalk, base, radical, root word, stem, theme, stem turn, carom, waist, leg, cannon, fore.

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