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English noun: buckle

1. buckle (artifact) fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Narrower (hyponym)belt buckle

Part holonymprong

2. buckle (shape) a shape distorted by twisting or folding


Broader (hypernym)distorted shape, distortion

English verb: buckle

1. buckle (contact) fasten with a buckle or buckles


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


2. buckle (contact) fold or collapse

SamplesHis knees buckled.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way

3. buckle (change) bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat

SamplesThe highway buckled during the heat wave.

Synonymsheave, warp

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)lift

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