Definition of shank:
- A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
- A loop forming an eye to a button.
- A wading bird with long legs; as, the green- legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; - called also shanks.
- Flat- nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
- 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.
- See Chank.
- That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle.
- That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock.
- The body of a type.
- The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms.
- The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg.
- The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
- The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
- To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; - usually followed by off.
- "Tales from the Veld", Ernest Glanville.
- "The Problem of China", Bertrand Russell.
- ""Speaking of Operations--"", Irvin S. Cobb.