Shank

Definition of Shank

n.1.(Zool.) See Chank.
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.
3.(Arch.) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
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.(Zool.) A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; - called also shanks.
8.Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
Shank painter
(Naut.) a short rope or chain which holds the shank of an anchor against the side of a vessel when it is secured for a voyage.
To ride shank's mare
to go on foot; to walk.
v. i.1.To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; - usually followed by off.

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