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English definition of “buckle”

buckle

verb [T or I] (BEND)    /ˈbʌk.l̩/
to bend something or become bent, often as a result of force, heat, or weakness: The intense heat from the fire had caused the factory roof to buckle. Both wheels on the bicycle had been badly buckled. I felt faint and my knees began to buckle.Bending, twisting and curving buckled     /-l̩d/ adjective a tightly buckled beltFastening clothing and textiles
(Definition of buckle verb (BEND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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