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Meaning of CRAMP

Pronunciation:  kramp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
  2. [n]  a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
  3. [n]  a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
  4. [v]  prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
  5. [v]  secure with a cramp

CRAMP is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cramp iron, halter, hamper, muscle spasm, spasm, strangle
 See Also: blepharospasm, bound, charleyhorse, clamp, confine, crick, fasten, fix, graphospasm, limit, myoclonus, opisthotonos, restrain, restrict, rick, secure, slip, strip, symptom, tenesmus, throttle, trammel, trismus, twitch, twitching, vellication, wrick, writer's cramp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cramp\ (kr[a^]mp), n. [OE. crampe, craumpe; akin to D. &
    Sw. kramp, Dan. krampe, G. krampf (whence F. crampe), Icel.
    krappr strait, narrow, and to E. crimp, crumple; cf. cram.
    See {Grape}.]
    1. That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle;
       a hindrance.
             A narrow fortune is a cramp to a great mind.
             Crippling his pleasures with the cramp of fear.
    2. (Masonry) A device, usually of iron bent at the ends, used
       to hold together blocks of stone, timbers, etc.; a cramp
    3. (Carp.) A rectangular frame, with a tightening screw, used
       for compressing the joints of framework, etc.
    4. A piece of wood having a curve corresponding to that of
       the upper part of the instep, on which the upper leather
       of a boot is stretched to give it the requisite shape.
    5. (Med.) A spasmodic and painful involuntary contraction of
       a muscle or muscles, as of the leg.
             The cramp, divers nights, gripeth him in his legs.
                                                   --Sir T. More.
    {Cramp bone}, the patella of a sheep; -- formerly used as a
       charm for the cramp. --Halliwell. ``He could turn cramp
       bones into chess men.'' --Dickens.
    {Cramp ring}, a ring formerly supposed to have virtue in
       averting or curing cramp, as having been consecrated by
       one of the kings of England on Good Friday.
  2. \Cramp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cramped} (kr?mt; 215); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Cramping}.]
    1. To compress; to restrain from free action; to confine and
       contract; to hinder.
             The mind my be as much cramped by too much knowledge
             as by ignorance.                      --Layard.
    2. To fasten or hold with, or as with, a cramp.
    3. Hence, to bind together; to unite.
             The . . . fabric of universal justic is well cramped
             and bolted together in all its parts. --Burke.
    4. To form on a cramp; as, to cramp boot legs.
    5. To afflict with cramp.
             When the gout cramps my joints.       --Ford.
    {To cramp the wheels of wagon}, to turn the front wheels out
       of line with the hind wheels, so that one of them shall be
       against the body of the wagon.
  3. \Cramp\, a. [See {Cramp}, n.]
    Knotty; difficult. [R.]
          Care being taken not to add any of the cramp reasons
          for this opinion.                        --Coleridge.
  4. \Cramp\, n. (Med.)
    A paralysis of certain muscles due to excessive use; as,
    writer's cramp; milker's cramp, etc.
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