Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Creviced adjective Having a crevice or crevices; as, a creviced structure for storing ears of corn.

Trickling through the creviced rock.
J. Cunningham.

Crevis noun (Zoology) The crawfish. [ Prov. Eng.]

Crew (kru) noun (Zoology) The Manx shearwater.

Crew (kru) noun [ From older accrue accession, reënforcement, hence, company, crew; the first syllable being misunderstood as the indefinite article. See Accrue , Crescent .]
1. A company of people associated together; an assemblage; a throng.

There a noble crew
Of lords and ladies stood on every side.
Spenser.

Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew ?
Milton.

2. The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or at; the company belonging to a vessel or a boat.

» The word crew , in law, is ordinarily used as equivalent to ship's company , including master and other officers. When the master and other officers are excluded, the context always shows it. Story. Burrill.

3. In an extended sense, any small body of men associated for a purpose; a gang; as (Nautical) , the carpenter's crew ; the boatswain's crew .

Syn. -- Company; band; gang; horde; mob; herd; throng; party.

Crew (kru), imperfect of Crow .

Crewel noun [ Perh. for clewel , dim. of clew a ball of thread; or confer Dutch krul curl, E. curl . √26.] Worsted yarn,, slackly twisted, used for embroidery.

Crewelwork noun Embroidery in crewels, commonly done upon some plain material, such as linen.

Crewet noun See Cruet .

Crib noun [ Anglo-Saxon crybb ; akin to Old Saxon kribbja , Dutch krib , kribbe , Danish krybbe , German krippe , and perhaps to Middle High German krebe basket, G, korb , and English rip a sort of wicker basket.]


1. A manger or rack; a feeding place for animals.

The steer lion at one crib shall meet.
Pope.

2. A stall for oxen or other cattle.

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean.
Prov. xiv. 4.

3. A small inclosed bedstead or cot for a child.

4. A box or bin, or similar wooden structure, for storing grain, salt, etc.; as, a crib for corn or oats.

5. A hovel; a hut; a cottage.

Why rather, Sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs , . . .
Than in the perfumed chambers of the great?
Shak.

6. (Mining) A structure or frame of timber for a foundation, or for supporting a roof, or for lining a shaft.

7. A structure of logs to be anchored with stones; -- used for docks, pier, dams, etc.

8. A small raft of timber. [ Canada]

9. A small theft; anything purloined; a plagiarism; hence, a translation or key, etc., to aid a student in preparing or reciting his lessons. [ Colloq.]

The Latin version technically called a crib .
Ld. Lytton.

Occasional perusal of the Pagan writers, assisted by a crib .
Wilkie Collins.

10. A miner's luncheon. [ Cant] Raymond.

11. (Card Playing) The discarded cards which the dealer can use in scoring points in cribbage.

Crib transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Cribbed (krĭbd); present participle & verbal noun Cribbing .]
1. To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp.

If only the vital energy be not cribbed or cramped.
I. Taylor.

Now I am cabin'd, cribbed , confined.
Shak.

2. To pilfer or purloin; hence, to steal from an author; to appropriate; to plagiarize; as, to crib a line from Milton. [ Colloq.]

Child, being fond of toys, cribbed the necklace.
Dickens.

Crib intransitive verb
1. To crowd together, or to be confined, as in a crib or in narrow accommodations. [ R.]

Who sought to make . . . bishops to crib in a Presbyterian trundle bed.
Gauden.

2. To make notes for dishonest use in recitation or examination. [ College Cant]

3. To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind; -- said of a horse.

Crib-biting noun Same as Cribbing , 4.

Cribbage noun [ From Crib , transitive verb , 2.] A game of cards, played by two or four persons, in which there is a crib. (See Crib , 11.) It is characterized by a great variety of chances.

A man's fancy would be summed up in cribbage .
John Hall.

Cribbage board , a board with holes and pegs, used by cribbage players to score their game.

Cribber (kr?b"?r), Crib"-bit`er (-b?t"?r) , noun A horse that has the habit of cribbing.

Cribbing noun
1. The act of inclosing or confining in a crib or in close quarters.

2. Purloining; stealing; plagiarizing. [ Colloq.]

3. (Mining) A framework of timbers and plank backing for a shaft lining, to prevent caving, percolation of water, etc.

4. A vicious habit of a horse; crib- biting. The horse lays hold of the crib or manger with his teeth and draws air into the stomach with a grunting sound.

Cribble noun [ French crible , Late Latin criblus sieve, from Latin cribrum .]
1. A coarse sieve or screen.

2. Coarse flour or meal. [ Obsolete] Johnson.

Cribble transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Cribbled (-b'ld); present participle & verbal noun Cribbling (-bl?ng).] [ Confer French cribler .] To cause to pass through a sieve or riddle; to sift.

Cribble adjective Coarse; as, cribble bread. [ Obsolete] Huloet.

Cribellum noun [ Latin , a small sieve, dim. of cribrum sieve.] (Zoology) A peculiar perforated organ of certain spiders ( Ciniflonidæ ), used for spinning a special kind of silk.

Cribrate adjective [ Latin cribratus , past participle of cribrare to sift, from cribrum a sieve.] Cribriform.

Cribration noun [ Confer F. cribration , from Latin cribrare to sift. See Cribble , noun ] (Pharmacy) The act or process of separating the finer parts of drugs from the coarser by sifting.

Cribriform adjective [ Latin cribrum sieve + -form : confer French cribriforme .] Resembling, or having the form of, a sieve; pierced with holes; as, the cribriform plate of the ethmoid bone; a cribriform compress.

Cribriform cells (Botany) , those which have here and there oblique or transverse sieve plates, or places perforated with many holes.

Cribrose adjective [ Latin cribrum sieve.] Perforated like a sieve; cribriform.

Cric (krĭk) noun [ prob. from French cric a jackscrew.] The ring which turns inward and condenses the flame of a lamp. Knight.

Crick (krĭk) noun [ See Creak .] The creaking of a door, or a noise resembling it. [ Obsolete] Johnson.

Crick noun [ The same as creek a bending, twisting. See Creek , Crook .]
1. A painful, spasmodic affection of the muscles of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, rendering it difficult to move the part.

To those also that, with a crick or cramp, have thei necks drawn backward.
Holland.

2. [ Confer French cric .] A small jackscrew. Knight.

Cricket noun [ Middle English criket , Old French crequet , criquet ; probably of German origin, and akin to English creak ; confer Dutch kriek a cricket. See Creak .] (Zoology) An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus , and allied genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.

» The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus ; the common large black crickets of America are G. niger , G. neglectus , and others.

Balm cricket . See under Balm . -- Cricket bird , a small European bird ( Silvia locustella ); -- called also grasshopper warbler . -- Cricket frog , a small American tree frog ( Acris gryllus ); -- so called from its chirping.

Cricket noun [ Anglo-Saxon cricc , crycc , crooked staff, crutch. Perh. first used in sense 1, a stool probably having been first used as a wicket. See Crutch .]
1. A low stool.

2. A game much played in England, and sometimes in America, with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players being arranged in two contesting parties or sides.

3. (Architecture) A small false roof, or the raising of a portion of a roof, so as to throw off water from behind an obstacle, such as a chimney.

Cricket intransitive verb To play at cricket. Tennyson.

Cricketer noun One who plays at cricket.

Cricoid adjective [ Greek ............ ring + -oid .] (Anat.) Resembling a ring; -- said esp. of the cartilage at the larynx, and the adjoining parts.

Cricothyroid adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining both to the cricoid and the thyroid cartilages.

Cried (krīd), imperfect & past participle of Cry .

Crier noun [ Confer French crieur . See Cry .] One who cries; one who makes proclamation. Specifically, an officer who proclaims the orders or directions of a court, or who gives public notice by loud proclamation; as, a town- crier .

He openeth his mouth like a crier .
Ecclus. xx. 15.

Crime (krīm) noun [ French crime , from Latin crimen judicial decision, that which is subjected to such a decision, charge, fault, crime, from the root of cernere to decide judicially. See Certain .]
1. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law.

2. Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong. "To part error from crime ." Tennyson.

» Crimes , in the English common law, are grave offenses which were originally capitally punished (murder, rape, robbery, arson, burglary, and larceny), as distinguished from misdemeanors, which are offenses of a lighter grade. See Misdemeanors .

3. Any great wickedness or sin; iniquity.

No crime was thine, if 'tis no crime to love.
Pope.

4. That which occasion crime. [ Obsolete]

The tree of life, the crime of our first father's fall.
Spenser.

Capital crime , a crime punishable with death.

Syn. -- Sin; vice; iniquity; wrong. -- Crime , Sin , Vice . Sin is the generic term, embracing wickedness of every kind, but specifically denoting an offense as committed against God. Crime is strictly a violation of law either human or divine; but in present usage the term is commonly applied to actions contrary to the laws of the State. Vice is more distinctively that which springs from the inordinate indulgence of the natural appetites, which are in themselves innocent. Thus intemperance, unchastity, duplicity, etc., are vices ; while murder, forgery, etc., which spring from the indulgence of selfish passions, are crimes .

Crimeful adjective Criminal; wicked; contrary to law, right, or dury. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Crimeless adjective Free from crime; innocent. Shak.

Criminal adjective [ Latin criminalis , from crimen : confer French criminel . See Crime .]
1. Guilty of crime or sin.

The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God.
Rogers.

2. Involving a crime; of the nature of a crime; -- said of an act or of conduct; as, criminal carelessness.

Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves.
Addison.

3. Relating to crime; -- opposed to civil ; as, the criminal code.

The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject . . . were in some cases liable to criminal process.
Hallam.

Criminal action (Law) , an action or suit instituted to secure conviction and punishment for a crime. -- Criminal conversation (Law) , unlawful intercourse with a married woman; adultery; -- usually abbreviated, crim. con . -- Criminal law , the law which relates to crimes.

Criminal noun One who has commited a crime; especially, one who is found guilty by verdict, confession, or proof; a malefactor; a felon.

Criminalist noun One versed in criminal law. [ R.]

Criminality noun [ Late Latin criminalitas , from Latin criminalis . See Criminal .] The quality or state of being criminal; that which constitutes a crime; guiltiness; guilt.

This is by no means the only criterion of criminality .
Blackstone.

Criminally adverb In violation of law; wickedly.

Criminalness noun Criminality. [ R.]

Criminate (kr...m"...-n...t) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Criminated (- n...`t...d); present participle & verbal noun Criminating (-n..."t...ng).] [ Latin criminatus , past participle of criminare , criminari , to criminate, from crimen . See Crime .]
1. To accuse of, or charge with, a crime.

To criminate , with the heavy and ungrounded charge of disloyalty and disaffection, an uncorrupt, independent, and reforming parliament.
Burke.

2. To involve in a crime or in its consequences; to render liable to a criminal charge.

Impelled by the strongest pressure of hope and fear to criminate him.
Macaulay.

Crimination noun [ Latin criminatio .] The act of accusing; accusation; charge; complaint.

The criminations and recriminations of the adverse parties.
Macaulay.

Criminative adjective Charging with crime; accusing; criminatory. R. North.

Criminatory adjective Relating to, or involving, crimination; accusing; as, a criminatory conscience.

Criminology noun [ Latin crimen , crimenis , crime + -logy .] A treatise on crime or the criminal population. -- Crim`i*nol"o*gist (-j...st) noun

Criminous adjective [ Latin criminosus , from crimen . See Crime .] Criminal; involving great crime or grave charges; very wicked; heinous. [ Obsolete] Holland.

-- Crim"i*nous*ly , adverb -- Crim"i*nous*ness , noun [ Obsolete]

Crimosin noun [ Obsolete] See Crimson .