• The part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.
  • Meat from that part of an animal.
  • A redshank or greenshank, various species of Old World wading birds in the genus Tringa having distinctly colored legs.
  • A straight, narrow part of an object, such as a key or an anchor; shaft; stem.
  • The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.
  • The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.
  • A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.
  • The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached.
  • A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft.
  • An improvised stabbing weapon; a shiv.
  • 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 handling it.
  • The body of a type; between the shoulder and the foot.
  • The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
  • Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
  • The end or remainder, particularly of a period of time.
  • The main part or beginning of a period of time.




  • From Middle English schanke, from Old English sċanca ("leg"), from Proto-West Germanic *skankō, from Proto-Germanic *skankô (compare West Frisian skonk, Low German Schanke, German Schenkel ("shank, leg"), Norwegian skank), from *skankaz (compare Old Norse skakkr ("wry, crooked")), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keng- (compare Middle Irish scingim ("I spring"), Ancient Greek σκάζω ("to limp").

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