1. An instrument made of some kind of metal, for fastening together certain parts of dress, as the straps and bands, as in a harness. The forms are various, but it consists of a ring or rim with a chape and tongue.
2. A curl, or a state of being curled or crisped, as hair.
3. In coats of arms, a token of the surety, faith and service of the bearer.
BUCK'LE, verb transitive To fasten with a buckle or buckles.
1. To prepare for action; a metaphor, taken from buckling on armor.
2. To join in battle.
3. To confine or limit
A span buckles in his sum of age.
BUCKLE, verb intransitive To bend; to bow; as, to buckle under life.
To buckle to, to bend to; to apply with vigor; to engage with zeal.
To buckle in, to close in; to embrace or seize the body, as in a scuffle; a popular use in America.
To buckle with, to encounter with embrace; to join in close combat.