verb (buckles, buckling, buckled)
- (countable) A clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap.
- (context, Canadian, heraldry) The brisure of an eighth daughter.
- (transitive) To fasten using a buckle.
- (intransitive) To distort or collapse under physical pressure; especially, of a slender structure in compression.
- (context, intransitive, figurative) To give in; to react suddenly or adversely to stress or pressure (of a person).
- It is amazing that he has never buckled after so many years of doing such urgent work.
- Noun: bocla, from buccula "cheek strap of a helmet," diminutive of bucca "cheek."
- Verb: bokelen "to arch the body," from boucler "to bulge," from bocler "to bulge, curl," from bocle "boss of a shield."
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