Buckle


Buckle

A buckle (from Latin "buccula") is a clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap. Before the invention of the zipper, buckles were commonly used to fasten boots and other shoes.

History

Buckles were used in ancient Greece and Rome, particularly in military equipment and military dress: on (sword)belts, armour, all sorts of equipment strapping, and on horse gear. The word "buckle" stems from the vulgar Latin "buccula" - meaning "little mouth" - because of the shape.Buckles were also commonly used in the Celtic civilisation. In antiquity, buckles were commonly made of metal, bone and ivory. Because of the simplicity and durability of the buckle, it became popular in harnesses and embroidery, especially in shoes and boots. It was commonly used as a typical clasp for clothing until the zipper was invented.

The roller buckle is a mid-20th century invention; buckles with multiple prongs had already appeared in the 18th century.

Contemporary Uses

Today, the buckle is most commonly used for belts, although it is still used in shoes and particularly boots. Tanker boots employ the use of buckles because of the disadvantages of laces.

Buckles can also be seen on backpacks, watches and other wrist jewelry, or for ornamental purposes on other various objects. Buckles are also commonly seen in modern gothic fashion.

Buckles of completely different design, buckles usually made of plastic that fasten onto a strap in two places and clip together, are increasingly used.

A buckle can refer to a seat belt or safety belt, as in the term, "." This originally military phrase from the cavalry refers to strapping the saddle to a riding horse, which means "get ready for departure".

In Canadian heraldry, a buckle is the brisure of an eighth daughter.

ee also

*Turnbuckle
*Belt buckle


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  • buckle — buckle1 [buk′əl] n. [ME bokel, a buckle, boss of a shield < OFr bocle < LL bucula, beaver, shield < L buccula, cheek strap of a helmet, dim. of bucca, cheek: see BUCCAL] 1. a clasp on one end of a strap or belt for fastening the other… …   English World dictionary

  • Buckle — Buc kle (b[u^]k k l), v. i. 1. To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink. [1913 Webster] Buckled with the heat of the fire like parchment. Pepys. [1913 Webster] 2. To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buckle — ist der Name eines britischen Historikers, siehe Henry Thomas Buckle einer Insel in der Antarktis, siehe Buckle Island eines australischen Fahrzeugbauers, siehe Buckle Motors eines US amerikanischen Bekleidungshändlers, siehe The Buckle …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Buckle — Buc kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buckled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Buckling}.] [OE. boclen, F. boucler. See {Buckle}, n.] 1. To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness. [1913 Webster] 2. To bend; to cause to kink, or to become… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buckle — Buc kle, n. [OE. bocle buckle, boss of a shield, OF. bocle, F. boucle, boss of a shield, ring, fr. L. buccula a little cheek or mouth, dim. of bucca cheek; this boss or knob resembling a cheek.] 1. A device, usually of metal, consisting of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buckle — ► NOUN ▪ a flat frame with a hinged pin, used for fastening a belt or strap. ► VERB 1) fasten with a buckle. 2) bend and give way under pressure. 3) (buckle down) tackle a task with determination. ORIGIN Latin buccula cheek strap of a helmet ,… …   English terms dictionary

  • buckle to — To buckle down to • • • Main Entry: ↑buckle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Buckle —   [bʌkl], Henry Thomas, britischer Kulturhistoriker, * Lee (County Kent) 24. 11. 1821, ✝ Damaskus 29. 5. 1862. Buckle versuchte im Sinne des Positivismus naturwissenschaftlich exakte Gesetze der geschichtlichen Entwicklung aufzustellen.   Werk:… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • buckle — [n] fastener with long pin catch, clamp, clasp, clip, fastening, fibula, harness, hasp; concept 450 buckle [v] contort, warp bend, bulge, cave in, collapse, crumple, distort, fold, twist, yield; concept 702 Ant. flatten, smooth …   New thesaurus

  • Buckle — Buckle. См. Выступ. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • Buckle — (spr. Böckl), Henry Thomas, geb. 24. Nov. 1822 in Lee bei London, war von seinem Vater, einem wohlhabenden Kaufmann, für das Geschäftsleben bestimmt u. arbeitete in dessen Bureau, verließ indeß diese Laufbahn bald u. privatisirte als Gelehrter,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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