Webster's Dictionary, 1913
(krĭmp) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Crimped
(krĭmt; 215); present participle & verbal noun Crimping
.] [ Akin to D. krimpen
to shrink, shrivel, Swedish krympa
, Danish krympe
, and to English cramp
. See Cramp
.] 1. To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to give a wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a cap; to crimp a ruffle. Confer Crisp .
The comely hostess in a crimped cap. 2. To pinch and hold; to seize. 3.
Hence, to entrap into the military or naval service; as, to crimp seamen.
Coaxing and courting with intent to crimp him. 4. (Cookery) To cause to contract, or to render more crisp, as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it, when living, with a knife; as, to crimp skate, etc. Crimping house
, a low lodging house, into which men are decoyed and plied with drink, to induce them to ship or enlist as sailors or soldiers.
-- Crimping iron
. (a) An iron instrument for crimping and curling the hair. (b) A crimping machine.
-- Crimping machine
, a machine with fluted rollers or with dies, for crimping ruffles, leather, iron, etc.
-- Crimping pin
, an instrument for crimping or puckering the border of a lady's cap.
Crimp adjective 1. Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.
Now the fowler . . . treads the crimp earth. 2. Weak; inconsistent; contradictory.
The evidence is crimp ; the witnesses swear backward and forward, and contradict themselves.
Crimp noun 1. A coal broker.
[ Prov. Eng.] De Foe. 2. One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service. Marryat. 3. A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced. 4. Hair which has been crimped; -- usually in plural 5. A game at cards.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson. Boot crimp
. See under Boot .
Crimp transitive verb (Firearms) In cartridge making, to fold the edge of (a cartridge case) inward so as to close the mouth partly and confine the charge.
Crimpage noun The act or practice of crimping; money paid to a crimp for shipping or enlisting men.
Crimper (-ãr) noun One who, or that which, crimps ; as: (a) A curved board or frame over which the upper of a boot or shoe is stretched to the required shape. (b) A device for giving hair a wavy appearance. (c) A machine for crimping or ruffling textile fabrics.
Crimple transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Crimpled
(-p'ld); present participle & verbal noun Crimpling
(-pl?ng).] [ Dim. of crimp
, transitive verb ] To cause to shrink or draw together; to contract; to curl.
[ R.] Wiseman.
Crimpy adjective Having a crimped appearance; frizzly; as, the crimpy wool of the Saxony sheep.
[ Middle English crimson
, Old French crimoisin
, F. cramoisi
(cf. Spanish carmesi
.) Late Latin carmesinus
, from Arabic qermazi
, from qermez
crimson, kermes, from Sanskrit krmija
produced by a worm; k...mi
worm or insect + jan
to generate; akin to E. kin
. CF. Carmine
.] A deep red color tinged with blue; also, red color in general.
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson , they shall be as wool.
Is. i. 18.
A maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty.
Crimson adjective Of a deep red color tinged with blue; deep red.
tide." Mrs. Hemans.
The blushing poppy with a crimson hue.
Crimson transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Crimsoned
(-z'nd); present participle & verbal noun Crimsoning
.] To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy lethe.
Crimson transitive verb To become crimson; to blush.
Ancient towers . . . beginning to crimson with the radiant luster of a cloudless July morning.
Crinal (krī"n a l) adjective [ Latin crinalis , from crinis the hair.] Of or pertaining to the hair. [ R.] Blount.
Crinated (krī"na*tĕd) adjective Having hair; hairy.
Crinatory adjective Crinitory. Craig.
[ Confer Crinkle
.] A twist or bend; a turn; a whimsey.
[ Colloq.] Hudibras.
Crincum-crancum noun A twist; a whimsey or whim. [ Colloq.]
Crined (krīnd) adjective [ Latin crinis hair.] (Her.) Having the hair of a different tincture from the rest of the body; as, a charge crined of a red tincture.
Crinel noun [ Latin crinis hair.] A very fine, hairlike feather. Booth.
(krĭnj) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cringed
(krĭnjd); present participle & verbal noun Cringing
.] [ As. crincgan
, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank
.] To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn.
When they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions.
Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou
Once fawned and cringed , and servilely adored
Heaven's awful monarch?
Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing .
Cringe transitive verb To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort.
Till like a boy you see him cringe his face,
And whine aloud for mercy.
Cringe noun Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility. "With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious." Cowper.
Cringeling noun One who cringes meanly; a fawner.
Cringer noun One who cringes.
Cringingly adverb In a cringing manner.
Cringle noun [ Icelandic kringla orb; akin to kring around, and to Dutch kring circle, and to E. cringe , crank .]
1. A withe for fastening a gate. 2. (Nautical) An iron or pope thimble or grommet worked into or attached to the edges and corners of a sail; -- usually in the plural. The cringles are used for making fast the bowline bridles, earings, etc.
Crinicultural adjective [ Latin crinis hair + cultura .] Relating to the growth of hair. [ R.]
Crinigerous adjective [ Latin criniger ; crinis hair + gerere to bear.] Bearing hair; hairy. [ R.]
Crinital adjective Same as Crinite ,
He the star crinital adoreth.
Crinite adjective [ Latin crinitus , past participle of crinire to provide or cover with hair, from crinis hair.]
1. Having the appearance of a tuft of hair; having a hairlike tail or train. "Comate, crinite , caudate stars." Fairfax. 2. (Botany) Bearded or tufted with hairs. Gray.
Crinitory adjective Of or relating to hair; as, a crinitory covering. T. Hook.
(krĭn"k'l) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Crinkled
(- k'ld); present participle & verbal noun Crinkling
(- klĭng).] [ A dim., from the root of cringe
; akin to Dutch krinkelen
to wind or twist. Confer Cringle
.] To form with short turns, bends, or wrinkles; to mold into inequalities or sinuosities; to cause to wrinkle or curl.
The house...s crinkled to and fro.
Her face all bowsy,
Comely crinkled ,
The flames through all the casements pushing forth,
Like red-not devils crinkled into snakes.
Crinkle intransitive verb To turn or wind; to run in and out in many short bends or turns; to curl; to run in waves; to wrinkle; also, to rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.
The green wheat crinkles like a lake.
Latin T. Trowbridge.
And all the rooms
Were full of crinkling silks.
Crinkle noun A winding or turn; wrinkle; sinuosity.
The crinkles in this glass, making objects appear double.
Crinkled adjective Having short bends, turns, or wrinkles; wrinkled; wavy; zigzag. "The crinkled lightning." Lowell.
Crinkly adjective Having crinkles; wavy; wrinkly.
[ See Crinoidea
.] (Zoology) Crinoidal.
-- noun One of the Crinoidea.
Crinoidal (kri*noid" a l) adjective (Zoology) Of pertaining to crinoids; consisting of, or containing, crinoids.
(kr> isl/*noid"e*ȧ) noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek kri`non
lily + -oid
: confer F. crinoïde
.] (Zoology) A large class of Echinodermata, including numerous extinct families and genera, but comparatively few living ones. Most of the fossil species, like some that are recent, were attached by a jointed stem. See Blastoidea , Cystoidea , Comatula .
Crinoidean (- a n) noun (Zoöl) One of the Crinoidea.
Crinoline noun [ French, from crin hair,L. crinis .]
1. A kind of stiff cloth, used chiefly by women, for underskirts, to expand the gown worn over it; -- so called because originally made of hair . 2. A lady's skirt made of any stiff material; latterly, a hoop skirt.
Crinose adjective [ Latin crinis hair.] Hairy. [ R.]
Crinosity noun Hairiness. [ R.]
Crinum (krī"nŭm) noun [ New Latin , from Greek kri`non lily.] (Botany) A genus of bulbous plants, of the order Amaryllidaceæ , cultivated as greenhouse plants on account of their beauty.
Criosphinx (krī"o*sfĭnks`) noun [ Greek krio`s ram + sfi`gx sphinx.] A sphinx with the head of a ram.
[ Middle English cripel
, Anglo-Saxon crypel
(akin to D. kreuple
, G. krüppel
, Danish kröbling
, Icelandic kryppill
), prop., one that can not walk, but must creep, from Anglo-Saxon creópan
to creep. See Creep
.] One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled.
I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my mind, the reader must determine.
Cripple (krĭp"p'l) adjective Lame; halting. [ R.] "The cripple , tardy-gaited night." Shak.
Cripple transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Crippled
(-p'ld); present participle & verbal noun Crippling
(-pl?ng).] 1. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame.
He had crippled the joints of the noble child. 2. To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled .
Sir W. Scott.
More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the energy of the settlement in the Bay.
An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the body politic.
[ Local. U. S.] (a) Swampy or low wet ground, often covered with brush or with thickets; bog.
The flats or cripple land lying between high- and low-water lines, and over which the waters of the stream ordinarily come and go. Pennsylvania Law Reports. (b) A rocky shallow in a stream; -- a lumberman's term.
Crippled adjective Lamed; lame; disabled; impeded. "The crippled crone." Longfellow.