Ankle vs Shank - What's the difference?

ankle | shank |


As nouns the difference between ankle and shank

is that ankle is the skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint while shank is the part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.

As verbs the difference between ankle and shank

is that ankle is (us|slang) to walk while shank is (archaic|ulster) to travel on foot.

As an adjective shank is

(slang) bad.

ankle

English

Alternative forms

* ancle (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • The skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint.
  • Derived terms

    * ankle-biter * ankle slapper * ankle walker * cankle * show ankle

    Verb

    (ankl)
  • (US, slang) To walk.
  • * 2009 , Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice , Vintage 2010, p. 275:
  • After a while he got up and ankled his way down the corridor and met Penny coming out of the toilet.
  • (cycling) To cyclically angle the foot at the ankle while pedaling, to maximize the amount of work applied to the pedal during each revolution.
  • shank

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (slang) Bad.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide / For his shrunk shank .
  • Meat from that part of an animal.
  • 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 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.
  • (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.
  • (slang) An improvised stabbing weapon.
  • Any of several species of Old World wading bird in the genus Tringa that are primarily distinguished by their brightly colored legs.
  • A loop forming an eye to a button.
  • (architecture) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
  • (Gwilt)
  • (metalworking) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
  • (printing, dated) The body of a type.
  • (shoemaking) 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.
  • Derived terms

    * greenshank * umbroshank * redshank * shank-nag * shank-weary * shankbone - the bone of the foreleg * shanks' nag * shanks' mare * shanks' pony * Longshanks

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic, Ulster) to travel on foot
  • (slang) to stab, especially with an improvised blade
  • (slang) to remove another's pants, especially in jest; to depants
  • (transitive, chiefly, golf, football) to hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 28 , author=Tom Rostance , title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Marouane Chamakh then spurned a great chance to kill the game off when he ran onto Andrey Arshavin's lofted through ball but shanked his shot horribly across the face of goal.}}
  • To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; usually followed by off.
  • (Darwin)

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