Meaning of 'shank' (Webster Dictionary)
- See Chank. - The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the
shin bone; also, the whole leg.
- 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.
- That part of a key which is between the bow and the part
which enters the wards of the lock.
- The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is between
the ring and the arms.
- That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which it is
secured to a handle.
- A loop forming an eye to a button.
- The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
- A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for
- The body of a type.
- The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the
broader front part with the heel.
- A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or
knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called also shanks.
- Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the
edges of pieces of glass to make them round. - To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of
disease affecting the supporting footstalk; -- usually followed by off.