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Definition of the noun shank

What does shank mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shanks

  1. a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: cut / cut of meat = a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
    • more specific words:
      • foreshank = a cut of meat from the upper part of a front leg
      • hindshank = a cut of meat from the upper part of a rear leg
  2. the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • part of: leg = a human limb
    • part: calf / sura = the muscular back part of the shank
  3. cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of shank: stem
    • more generic word: cylinder = a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
    • part of: anchor / ground tackle = a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving; grip / handgrip / handle / hold = the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; key = metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated; nail = a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener; pin = a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things; wineglass = a glass that has a stem and in which wine is served
  4. cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: cylinder = a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
    • part of: bolt = a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
  5. cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: cylinder = a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
    • part of: bit = the cutting part of a drill
  6. the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of shank: waist
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • part of: sole = the underside of footwear or a golf club
  7. lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonym of shank: cannon
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • part of: hoofed mammal / ungulate = any of a number of mammals with hooves that are superficially similar but not necessarily closely related taxonomically; animal leg = the leg of an animal
    • part: cannon bone = greatly developed metatarsal or metacarpal bone in the shank or cannon part of the leg in hoofed mammals
  8. a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: golf shot / golf stroke / swing = the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

Alternative definition of the noun shank


  1. The lower part of the leg; shin.
  2. Meat from that part of an animal.
  3. A straight, narrow part of an object; shaft; stem.
  4. The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.
  5. The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.
  6. A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.
  7. The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece of the bit, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached.
  8. [sports] A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft. See thin,fat,toe.
  9. [slang] An improvised stabbing weapon.
  10. [slang] De-pantsing an individual, to some in the south.

Specialised definition of the noun shank

Glossary of sports / golf

when a player hits the ball by mistake close to the heel of the club so that it makes contact with the hosel, causing the bail to fly to the right (for a right-handed player) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the portion of the hosel nearest the club's face

Definition of the adjective shank

What does shank mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [slang] Bad.

Definition of the verb shank

What does shank mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shanked | shanking | shanks

  1. hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
    • domain: golf / golf game
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking

Alternative definition of the verb shank


  1. [archaic] to travel on foot
  2. [slang] to stab, especially with an improvised blade
  3. [slang] to remove another's pants, especially in jest
  4. [transitive, chiefly golf, football] to hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction

Specialised definition of the verb shank

Glossary of sports / golf

to hit a shot with the shank, which causes it to go sharply off line, usually to the right for a right-handed golfer


  1. "Shank" is a 2010 British action film directed by first-time filmmaker Mo Ali. Written by Paul Van Carter, it was shot in London in 2009. The movie stars Adam Deacon, Bashy, Jennie Jacques, Kaya Scodelario, Kedar Williams-Stirling and Rory Beresford in the lead roles. It was released on 26 March 2010.
  2. "Shank" is a 2009 British drama film starring Wayne Virgo, Marc Laurent, Alice Payne, Tom Bott and Garry Summers. The film was written by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin, and directed by Simon Pearce & Christian Martin.
  3. "Shank" is a 2008 short drama film written and directed by Chris J.Taylor.


"Shank" is a 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up video game developed by Canadian independent studio Klei Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts in 2010. It was released on August 24 for the PlayStation 3, on August 25 for the Xbox 360, and on October 26 for Microsoft Windows. In December 2011, it was re-released as part of the collection Humble Indie Bundle 4.

  • mode: Cooperative gameplay, Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
  • developer: Klei Entertainment
  • genres: Action game, Beat 'em up, Side-scrolling, Platform game
  • publisher: Electronic Arts
  • released on (5 years ago)


  1. Shank is a fictional character from the 2007 film Great World of Sound.
  2. Shank is a fictional character from the 2010 film Mob Rules.
  3. Shank is a fictional character in the comedy TV series The Wayans.


"Shank" is a composition.


Shank is a musical group.


Shank: A meat shank or shin is the portion of meat around the tibia of the animal, the leg bone beneath the knee.

There are other foods with Shank in their name, like Beef shank.


  1. Shank: In a boot or shoe, the shank is a part of the supportive structure between the insole and outsole. The presence of a shank is crucial to the functionality of mountaineering boots as they diminish the load incurred by the wearer’s feet and calves over the course of an ascent. Traditionally constructed of steel, contemporary shanks are more commonly made up of less heat conductive but equally rigid options such as fiberglass and Kevlar. The rigid nature of these materials contributes a protective element to the footwear into which they are integrated, helping shield the wearer’s feet from puncture wounds and stone bruises.
  2. Shank: A shank is a device for providing a small amount of space in between a garment and a button. Shanks are necessary to provide space for fabric to sit in between the button and the garment when the garment is buttoned. Shanks also allow a garment to hang and drape nicely.
  3. Shank a.k.a. SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 2 is a gene.
    • also known as cortactin SH3 domain-binding protein, GKAP/SAPAP interacting protein, cortactin binding protein 1

Phrases with Shank

Phrases starting with the word Shank:

  1. Shank-Nag
  2. Shank-Weary
  3. shank's mare
  4. shank's pony

Phrases ending with the word Shank:

  1. to shank
  2. Ham Shank
  3. Red Shank
  4. Velvet Shank

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shank

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Google previewSo, You Want to Be a Dancer? (2015)

The Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Dance Industry by Laurel van der Linde

The shank is the spine of the shoe. It is a light piece of wood that runs the length of the shoe and is attached under the insole, supporting the foot while the dancer is ...

Google previewStrategic Planning in Higher Education (2012)

Implementing New Roles for the Academic Library by James F Williams Ii

Russell Shank is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Library and Information Services Planning at UCLA, another one of the nation's major urban universities. Russell's paper describes the planning process in a multi-campus system where nine ...

Google previewDayhiking

by Eric Wolfe

A shank is a piece of very stiff, essentially inflexible material built into the sole of the boot. It is located between the insole and the outsole. In the most rigid form, the shank is typically made of steel, and is completely inflexible, but steel is heavy, ...

Google previewLefty Kreh's Presenting the Fly (2006)

A Practical Guide To The Most Important Element Of Fly Fishing by Lefty Kreh

The shank is the straight portion of a fly.You can now buy commercially made bendback hooks; these have a short, straight portion just in back of the hook eye, and then the shank is bent so you can tie a Bend-Back fly. Such a bend should be ...

Google previewPerioperative Nursing (2011)

An Introductory Text by Lois Hamlin, Marilyn Richardson-Tench, Menna Davies

The shank is the area between the box lock and ringed handles; the length is appropriate to the wound depth. • Ratchets interlock to keep the jaws locked when the instrument is closed. • Ringed handles are for ease of holding. Serrated jaws ...

Google previewBiotechnology and Genetic Engineering (2008)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

Shank is the director of Lawrence, and defendants Henry H . Stauffer, Lisa Snow, T. F. Budinger, and William G. Donald, Jr., are all current or former physicians in its medical department. The named defendants are sued ...

Google previewMosby's Comprehensive Review for Veterinary Technicians (2014)

by Monica M. Tighe, Marg Brown

A lead shank is a long leather strap with about 2 feet (0.75 m) of flat chain attached to it with a snap on the end.

Google previewThe Farriers's and Horseman's Complete Dictionary: (1766)

Containing the Art of Farriery in All Its Branches; with Whatever Relates to the Manage, and to the Knowledge, Breeding, Feeding, and Dieting of Horses ... by Thomas Wallis (surgeon.)

The larger and broader the shank is the better. You will know when it is so, by the back-sinew being at a distance from the bone, or pretty well separate from it, and having no kind of swelling or humour betwixt it and the bone, which may cause ...

Google previewField Guide to Meat (2004)

How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Meat, Poultry, and Game Cut by Aliza Green, John Kelsey

The shank is the smooth metal shaft in between. A square-tapered tang, like a tall pyramid, fits the chuck of a muscle-powered bit brace. Round and hexagonal shanks are meant for power drills, though they can be used in muscle-powered ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

itose-nail ; sharp point, a flat head showing facets, square shank. d. ftos<*-nail ; flat point, square shank. e. CVojp-nail; bastard (medium) thickness, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1846)

by John Jamieson

" SHANK, n. The handle; as, “ the shank o' ...

Google previewA Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2012)

by Francis D. K. Ching

concrete nail Ahardened-steel nail having a fluted orthreaded shank and a diamond point for hammering into concrete or masonry. Also called masonry nail. flooring nail Anail for fastening floorboards, having ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Clothing & Personal Adornment - Clothing & Personal Adornment (2009)

by Ariane Archambault

shank With the tobacco hole, it forms part of the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (1994)

by David J. Bodenhamer, Robert G. Barrows

Shank, Samuel Lewis (Lew) (Jan.

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Scrabble value of S1H4A1N1K5

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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