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buckle

[′bək·əl]
(graphic arts)
Curvature in a film that has been stored at an improper humidity.
(metallurgy)
An up-and-down wrinkle on the surface of a metal bar or sheet.

buckle

1. Distortion of the surfaces of a beam or girder under load; caused by unequal distribution of weight, temperature, or moisture, or the lack of uniform texture.
2. Distortion of the surface of a sheet of material, such as a bulge or wrinkle in asphalt prepared roofing.
3. A brotch.
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with much boyish gratification) buckled on a kind of cutlass under his black cloak.
I stooped and lifted the sword from the ground, raised the hilt to my lips, and then, stepping to Hor Vastus, I buckled the weapon upon him with my own hands.
So Robin took his sword again and buckled it at his side; then he bent his stout back and took the Friar upon it.
He demanded compensation for some fancied injury, would hear nothing of the valuable dog he had killed or the window he had broken, obliged Grubb by sheer physical obduracy to straighten his buckled front wheel, and pestered the struggling firm with a series of inhumanly worded solicitor's letters.
Rostov, his eyes avoiding Denisov, began buttoning his coat, buckled on his saber, and put on his cap.
All the balance of that long day Carthoris crawled erratically through the still air, the bow of the flier sinking lower and lower, and the list to port becoming more and more alarming, until at last, near dark, he was floating almost bowdown, his harness buckled to a heavy deck ring to keep him from being precipitated to the ground below.
And if I once buckled to the tobacco trade, I could bring an amount of brains and experience to bear on it that would not be found elsewhere in a hurry.
Then, having tied the wooden creature securely, the boy buckled the strap and tossed his prisoner into the buggy.
Then he led her a little farther into the forest, halted beneath a large tree with spreading branches, buckled a cartridge belt and revolver about her waist, and assisted her to clamber into the lower branches.
Around his waist he buckled the saber belt but beneath the tunic he retained the hunting knife of his dead father.
The far end of it, all buckled up, rested against the back of the Admiralty.
By eight o'clock he was at his desk, buckled down to the fight, by ten o'clock on his personal round of the banks, and after that, without a moment's cessation, till nightfall, he was handling the knotty tangles of industry, finance, and human nature that crowded upon him.