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shank Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
  2. noun the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
  3. noun cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
  4. noun cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
  5. noun cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
  6. noun the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
  7. noun lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
  8. noun a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
  9. verb hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction

Shank noun
  1. (Zoöl.) See Chank.
Shank noun
OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G. schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan. & Sw. skank. Cf. Skink, v.
  1. The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg.
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank. Shak.
  2. Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved. Specifically: (a) That part of a key which is between the bow and the part which enters the wards of the lock. (b) The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between the ring and the arms. See Illustr. of Anchor. (c) That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is secured to a handle. (d) A loop forming an eye to a button.
  3. (Arch.) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph. Gwilt.
  4. (Founding) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
  5. (Print.) The body of a type.
  6. (Shoemaking) The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
  7. (Zoöl.) A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called also shanks.
  8. pl. Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
Shank intransitive verb
  1. To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually followed by off. Darwin.

Webster 1913