The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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. (Zool.) A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged
shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; -- called
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.