Crincum Crin"cum noun [ Confer Crinkle .] A twist or bend; a turn; a whimsey. [ Colloq.] Hudibras.
Crincum-crancum Crin"cum-cran"cum noun A twist; a whimsey or whim. [ Colloq.]
Crined 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 Cri"nel 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 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 Cringe noun Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility. "With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious." Cowper.
Cringeling Cringe"ling noun One who cringes meanly; a fawner.
Cringer Crin"ger noun One who cringes.
Cringingly Crin"ging·ly adverb In a cringing manner.
Cringle Crin"gle 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 Crin`i·cul"tur·al adjective [ Latin crinis hair + cultura .] Relating to the growth of hair. [ R.]
Crinigerous Cri·nig"er·ous adjective [ Latin criniger ; crinis hair + gerere to bear.] Bearing hair; hairy. [ R.]
Crinital Cri"ni·tal adjective Same as Crinite , 1.
He the star crinital adoreth.
Crinite Cri"nite 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 Cri"ni·to·ry 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 Crin"kle 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 Crin"kle noun A winding or turn; wrinkle; sinuosity.
The crinkles in this glass, making objects appear double.
Crinkled Crin"kled adjective Having short bends, turns, or wrinkles; wrinkled; wavy; zigzag. "The crinkled lightning." Lowell.
Crinkly Crin"kly adjective Having crinkles; wavy; wrinkly.
Crinoid Cri"noid (krī"noid) adjective [ See Crinoidea .] (Zoology) Crinoidal. -- noun One of the Crinoidea.
Crinoidal Cri·noid"al (kri*noid" a l) adjective (Zoology) Of pertaining to crinoids; consisting of, or containing, crinoids.
Crinoidea Cri·noid"e·a (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 Cri·noid"e·an (- a n) noun (Zoöl) One of the Crinoidea.
Crinoline Crin"o·line 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 Cri·nose" adjective [ Latin crinis hair.] Hairy. [ R.]
Crinosity Cri·nos"i·ty noun Hairiness. [ R.]
Crinum Cri"num (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 Cri"o·sphinx` (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 Crip"ple (krĭp"p'l) adjective Lame; halting. [ R.] "The cripple , tardy-gaited night." Shak.
Cripple Crip"ple 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 Crip"pled adjective Lamed; lame; disabled; impeded. "The crippled crone." Longfellow.
Crippleness Crip"ple·ness noun Lameness. [ R.] Johnson.
Crippler Crip"pler noun A wooden tool used in graining leather. Knight.
Crippling Crip"pling noun Spars or timbers set up as a support against the side of a building.
Cripply Crip"ply adjective Lame; disabled; in a crippled condition. [ R.] Mrs. Trollope.
Crisis Cri"sis noun
; plural Crises
(-s...z). [ Latin crisis
, Greek ............, from ............ to separate. See Certain
.] 1. The point of time when it is to be decided whether any affair or course of action must go on, or be modified or terminate; the decisive moment; the turning point.
This hour's the very crisis of your fate.
The very times of crisis for the fate of the country. 2. (Medicine) That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death; sometimes, also, a striking change of symptoms attended by an outward manifestation, as by an eruption or sweat.
Till some safe crisis authorize their skill.
Crisp Crisp adjective
[ Anglo-Saxon crisp
, from Latin crispus
; confer carpere
to pluck, card (wool), and English harvest
. Confer Crape
.] 1. Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair. 2. Curled with the ripple of the water.
You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . . . 3. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow.
Leave jour crisp channels.
The cakes at tea ate short and crisp . 4. Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
It [ laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years. 5. Lively; sparking; effervescing.
Your neat crisp claret. 6. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
Beau. & Fl.
The snug, small room, and the crisp fire.
Crisp Crisp transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Crisped
(kr?spt); present participle & verbal noun Crisping
.] [ Latin crispare
, from crispus
. See Crisp
] 1. To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees. 2. To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple. Confer Crimp .
The lover with the myrtle sprays
Adorns his crisped tresses.
Along the crisped shades and bowers.
The crisped brooks, 3. To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking. Crisping iron
Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold.
, an instrument by which hair or any textile fabric is crisped.
-- Crisping pin
, the simplest form of crisping iron. Is. iii. 22.
Crisp Crisp intransitive verb To undulate or ripple. Confer Crisp , transitive verb
To watch the crisping ripples on the beach.
Crisp Crisp noun That which is crisp or brittle; the state of being crisp or brittle; as, burned to a crisp ; specifically, the rind of roasted pork; crackling.
Crispate Cris"pate adjective [ Latin crispatus , past participle of crispare .] Having a crisped appearance; irregularly curled or twisted.
Crispation Cris·pa"tion noun
[ CF. F. crispation
.] 1. The act or process of curling, or the state of being curled. Bacon. 2. A very slight convulsive or spasmodic contraction of certain muscles, external or internal.
Few men can look down from a great height without creepings and crispations .
O. W. Holmes.
Crispature Cris"pa·ture noun The state of being crispate.
Crisper Crisp"er noun One who, or that which, crisps or curls; an instrument for making little curls in the nap of cloth, as in chinchilla.
Crispin Cris"pin noun 1. A shoemaker; -- jocularly so called from the patron saint of the craft. 2. A member of a union or association of shoemakers.
Crisply Crisp"ly adverb In a crisp manner.
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