[Vocabulary] buckled in

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[After the collision]
John Hutchinson: Boiler room six is flooded eight feet above the plain and the mail hold is worse. She's already buckled in the foreaft.
Captain Edward J. Smith: Can you shore up?
John Hutchinson: Not unless the pumps are ahead.

Titanic (1997 Film)

How can I interpret “buckled in” here? I looked it up in dictionaries. “Buckle in” seems to mean fastening your seat belt.
 

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Look at the second sense of buckle in dictionaries. Try to relate that to what is happening to the ship at this point in the film.

Also, don't connect buckled to in. It's not a phrasal verb. The preposition phrase in the foreaft tells us where the ship is buckled.
 
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Look at the second sense of buckle in dictionaries. Try to relate that to what is happening to the ship at this point in the film.

Also, don't connect buckled to in. It's not a phrasal verb. The preposition phrase in the foreaft tells us where the ship is buckled.


I seem to get it. It means the ship bent out of shape in the foreaft because of the hit against the iceberg.
 

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I [STRIKE]seem to[/STRIKE] think I get it. It means the ship was/got bent out of shape in the foreaft [STRIKE]because[/STRIKE] when [STRIKE]of the hit against[/STRIKE] it hit the iceberg.

Please note my corrections above.
 
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