What does the word shank mean?

Usage examples for shank

  1. " Well, don't let us lose any if you can prevent it," said the captain; and Johannes smiled, and then answered Steve's questions, as he busily made ready for the coming fight by thrusting the lance heads well up into the box which protected them from injury right up toward the bows, and then examined the harpoon head and shank round which the line was firmly secured. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  2. Thorpe learned the Indian tan; of what use are the hollow shank bones; how the spinal cord is the toughest, softest, and most pliable sewing- thread known. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  3. He found that the bolt was too small in diameter to secure any result, and that the belt slipped and would not turn the shank. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage