Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Crumpet (krŭmp"ĕt) noun [ Prob. from W. crempog , crammwgth , a pancake or fritter.] A kind of large, thin muffin or cake, light and spongy, and cooked on a griddle or spider.

Crumple (krŭm"p'l) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Crumpled (-p'ld); present participle & verbal noun Crumpling (-pl?ng).] [ Dim. from crump , adjective ] To draw or press into wrinkles or folds; to crush together; to rumple; as, to crumple paper.

They crumpled it into all shapes, and diligently scanned every wrinkle that could be made.
Addison.

Crumple intransitive verb To contract irregularly; to show wrinkles after being crushed together; as, leaves crumple .

Crumpy (krŭmp"ȳ) adjective Brittle; crisp. Wright.

Crunch (krŭnch) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Crunched (krŭncht); present participle & verbal noun Crunching .] [ Prob. of imitative origin; or confer D. schransen to eat heartily, or English scrunch .]
1. To chew with force and noise; to craunch.

And their white tusks crunched o'er the whiter skull.
Byron.

2. To grind or press with violence and noise.

The ship crunched through the ice.
Kane.

3. To emit a grinding or craunching noise.

The crunching and ratting of the loose stones.
H. James.

Crunch transitive verb To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch; as, to crunch a biscuit.

Crunk (krŭnk), Crun"kle (krŭn"k'l) intransitive verb [ Confer Icelandic kr...nka to croak.] To cry like a crane. [ Obsolete] "The crane crunketh ." Withals (1608).

Crunodal adjective (Geom.) Possessing, or characterized by, a crunode; - - used of curves.

Crunode noun [ Prob. from Latin crux a cross + E. node .] (Geom.) A point where one branch of a curve crosses another branch. See Double point , under Double , adjective

Cruor noun [ Latin , blood. See Crude .] The coloring matter of the blood; the clotted portion of coagulated blood, containing the coloring matter; gore.

Cruorin noun (Physiol.) The coloring matter of the blood in the living animal; hæmoglobin.

Crup adjective [ Confer Old High German grop , German grob , coarse.] Short; brittle; as, crup cake. Todd.

Crup noun See Croup , the rump of a horse.

Crupper noun [ French croupi...re , from croupe . See Croup the rump of a horse.] [ Written also crouper .]
1. The buttocks or rump of a horse.

2. A leather loop, passing under a horse's tail, and buckled to the saddle to keep it from slipping forwards.

Crupper transitive verb To fit with a crupper; to place a crupper upon; as, to crupper a horse.

Crura noun plural (Anat.) See Crus .

Crural (-r a l) adjective [ Latin cruralis , from crus , cruris , leg: confer French crural .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the thigh or leg, or to any of the parts called crura ; as, the crural arteries; crural arch; crural canal; crural ring.

Crus noun ; plural Crura (kr..."r...). [ Latin , the leg.] (Anat.) (a) That part of the hind limb between the femur, or thigh, and the ankle, or tarsus; the shank. (b) Often applied, especially in the plural, to parts which are supposed to resemble a pair of legs; as, the crura of the diaphragm, a pair of muscles attached to it; crura cerebri , two bundles of nerve fibers in the base of the brain, connecting the medulla and the forebrain.

Crusade noun [ French croisade , from Pr. crozada , or Sp cruzada , or Italian crociata , from a verb signifying to take the cross, mark one's self with a cross, from Latin crux cross; or possibly taken into English directly from Pr. Confer Croisade , Crosado , and see Cross .]
1. Any one of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers, in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries, for the recovery of the Holy Land from the Mohammedans.

2. Any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm; as, a crusade against intemperance.

3. A Portuguese coin. See Crusado .

Crusade intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Crusaded ; present participle & verbal noun Crusading .] To engage in a crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot-headed manner. "Cease crusading against sense." M. Green.

Crusader noun One engaged in a crusade; as, the crusaders of the Middle Ages.

Azure-eyed and golden-haired,
Forth the young crusaders fared.
Longfellow.

Crusading adjective Of or pertaining to a crusade; as, a crusading spirit.

Crusado noun [ Portuguese cruzado , from cruz , from Latin crux . See Crusade , 3.] An old Portuguese coin, worth about seventy cents. [ Written also cruade .] Shak.

Cruse noun [ Akin to LG. kruus , kroos , mug, jug, jar, D. kroes , German krause , Icelandic krus , Swedish krus , Danish kruus . Confer Crucible , Cresset .]
1. A cup or dish.

Take with thee . . . a cruse of honey.
1 Kings xiv. 3.

2. A bottle for holding water, oil, honey, etc.

So David took . . . the cruse of water.
1 Sam. xxvi. 12.

Cruset noun [ Confer French creuset . See Cruse , Crucible .] A goldsmith's crucible or melting pot.

Crush (krŭsh) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Crushed (krŭsht); present participle & verbal noun Crushing .] [ Middle English cruschen , crousshen , Of. cruisir , croissir , from Late Latin cruscire , probably of German origin, from a derivative of the word seen in Goth. kruistan to gnash; akin to Swedish krysta to squeeze, Danish kryste , Icelandic kreysta .]
1. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes.

Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed , or broken, or cut.
Lev. xxii. 24.

The ass . . . thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall.
Num. xxii. 25.

2. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.

3. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.

To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
Dryden.

Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again.
Bryant.

4. To oppress or burden grievously.

Thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway.
Deut. xxviii. 33.

5. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.

Speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels.
Sir. W. Scott.

To crush a cup , to drink. [ Obsolete] -- To crush out . (a) To force out or separate by pressure, as juice from grapes. (b) To overcome or destroy completely; to suppress.

Crush intransitive verb To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.

Crush noun
1. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.

The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
Addison.

2. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.

Crush hat , a hat which collapses, and can be carried under the arm, and when expanded is held in shape by springs; hence, any hat not injured by compressing. -- Crush room , a large room in a theater, opera house, etc., where the audience may promenade or converse during the intermissions; a foyer.

Politics leave very little time for the bow window at White's in the day, or for the crush room of the opera at night.
Macaulay.

Crusher noun One who, or that which, crushes.

Crusher gauge , an instrument for measuring the explosive force of gunpowder, etc., by its effect in compressing a piece of metal.

Crushing adjective That crushes; overwhelming. "The blow must be quick and crushing ." Macualay.

Crust noun [ Latin crusta : confer Old French crouste , French croûte ; probably akin to Greek ............... ice, E. crystal , from the same root as E. crude , raw . See Raw , and confer Custard .]
1. The hard external coat or covering of anything; the hard exterior surface or outer shell; an incrustation; as, a crust of snow.

I have known the statute of an emperor quite hid under a crust of dross.
Addison.

Below this icy crust of conformity, the waters of infidelity lay dark and deep as ever.
Prescott.

2. (Cookery) (a) The hard exterior or surface of bread, in distinction from the soft part or crumb; or a piece of bread grown dry or hard. (b) The cover or case of a pie, in distinction from the soft contents. (c) The dough, or mass of doughy paste, cooked with a potpie; -- also called dumpling .

Th' impenetrable crust thy teeth defies.
Dryden.

He that keeps nor crust nor crumb.
Shak.

They . . . made the crust for the venison pasty.
Macaulay.

3. (Geol.) The exterior portion of the earth, formerly universally supposed to inclose a molten interior.

4. (Zoology) The shell of crabs, lobsters, etc.

5. (Medicine) A hard mass, made up of dried secretions blood, or pus, occurring upon the surface of the body.

6. An incrustation on the interior of wine bottles, the result of the ripening of the wine; a deposit of tartar, etc. See Beeswing .

Crust transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Crusted ; present participle & verbal noun Crusting .] [ Confer Old French crouster , Latin crustare . See Crust , noun ] To cover with a crust; to cover or line with an incrustation; to incrust.

The whole body is crusted over with ice.
Boyle.

And now their legs, and breast, and bodies stood
Crusted with bark.
Addison.

Very foul and crusted bottles.
Swift.

Their minds are crusted over, like diamonds in the rock.
Felton.

Crust intransitive verb To gather or contract into a hard crust; to become incrusted.

The place that was burnt . . . crusted and healed.
Temple.

Crusta noun [ Latin , shell, crust, inlaid work.]


1. A crust or shell.

2. A gem engraved, or a plate embossed in low relief, for inlaying a vase or other object.

Crustacea noun plural [ Neut. plural of New Latin crustaceus pert. to the crust or shell, from Latin crusta the hard surfsce of a body, rind, shell.] (Zoology) One of the classes of the arthropods, including lobsters and crabs; -- so called from the crustlike shell with which they are covered.

» The body usually consists of an anterior part, made up of the head and thorax combined, called the cephalothorax , and of a posterior jointed part called the abdomen , postabdomen , and (improperly) tail . They breathe by means of gills variously attached to some of the limbs or to the sides the body, according to the group. They are divisible into two subclasses, Entomostraca and Malacostraca, each of which includes several orders.

Crustacean adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Crustacea; crustaceous. -- noun An animal belonging to the class Crustacea .

Crustaceological adjective Pertaining to crustaceology.

Crustaceologist noun One versed in crustaceology; a crustalogist.

Crustaceology noun [ Crustacea + -logy .] That branch of Zoölogy which treats of the Crustacea; malacostracology; carcinology.

Crustaceous adjective [ New Latin crustaceous . See crustacea .]
1. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, crust or shell; having a crustlike shell.

2. (Zoology) Belonging to the Crustacea; crustacean.

Crustaceousness noun The state or quality of being crustaceous or having a crustlike shell.

Crustal adjective Relating to a crust.

Crustalogical adjective Pertaining to crustalogy.

Crustalogist (-t...l"...-j...st) noun One versed in crustalogy.

Crustalogy noun [ Latin crusta shell + -logy .] Crustaceology.

Crustated adjective [ Latin crustatus , past participle of crustare , from crusta . See Crust .] Covered with a crust; as, crustated basalt.

Crustation noun An adherent crust; an incrustation. Pepys.

Crusted adjective Incrusted; covered with, or containing, crust; as, old, crusted port wine.

Crustific adjective [ Latin crusta crust + -facere to make.] Producing or forming a crust or skin. [ R.]

Crustily (krŭst"ĭ-lȳ) adverb In a crusty or surly manner; morosely.