from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The outer and narrower of two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.
- n. The corresponding bone in the hind leg of an animal.
- n. An often ornamented clasp or brooch used in ancient Greece and Rome to fasten clothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The smaller of the two bones in the lower leg, the calf bone.
- n. An ancient kind of brooch used to hold clothing together, similar in function to the modern safety pin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A brooch, clasp, or buckle.
- n. The outer and usually the smaller of the two bones of the leg, or hind limb, below the knee.
- n. A needle for sewing up wounds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In archaeology, a clasp or brooch, usually more or less ornamented. Objects of this kind are found among the earliest metallic remains of antiquity.
- n. In surgery, a needle for sewing up wounds.
- n. In anatomy, the outer one of two bones which in most vertebrates (above fishes) extend from the knee to the ankle: so called because in man the bone is very slender, like a clasp or splint applied alongside the tibia.
- n. In masonry, an iron crank used to fasten stones together.
- n. In zoology: A genus of echinoderms.
- n. A genus of mollusks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
Latin fībula, clasp, from fīgere, to fasten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fībula ("clasp, buckle"). (Wiktionary)