Buckle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbʌkl|  American pronunciation of the word buckle
Brit.  |ˈbʌk(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word buckle


- fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong
- a shape distorted by twisting or folding (syn: warp)


- fasten with a buckle or buckles (syn: clasp)
- fold or collapse(syn: crumple)
- bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat(syn: heave, warp)


She buckled the horses into their harness.

The pavement buckled in the heat.

Wendy can already buckle up her shoes although she's only four.

He buckled down to the job.

He buckled under pressure.

The steel pillars began to buckle.

The rails buckled under the intense heat of the fire.

John felt his knees start to buckle.

He refused to buckle.

A weaker person would have buckled under the weight of criticism.

Amy buckled the belt around her waist.

Lou was buckling on his revolver.

His knees buckled

The highway buckled during the heat wave

...that huge belt buckle only emphasizes his big gut...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: buckle
he/she/it: buckles
present participle: buckling
past tense: buckled
past participle: buckled
singular: buckle
plural: buckles
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