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English Dictionary: shanks by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shank \Shank\, n. [OE. shanke, schanke, schonke, AS. scanca,
      sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to D. schonk a bone, G.
      schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, OHG. scincha shank, Dan.
      & Sw. skank. [root]161. Cf. {Skink}, v.]
      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. Specifically:
            (a) That part of a key which is between the bow and the
                  part which enters the wards of the lock.
            (b) The middle part of an anchor, or that part which is
                  between the ring and the arms. See Illustr. of
            (c) That part of a hoe, rake, knife, or the like, by which
                  it is secured to a handle.
            (d) A loop forming an eye to a button.
      3. (Arch.) The space between two channels of the Doric
            triglyph. --Gwilt.
      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. (Zo[94]l.) A wading bird with long legs; as, the
            green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler;
            -- called also {shanks}.
      8. pl. 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.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Shanks, WV
      Zip code(s): 26761
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