any decapod crustacean of the suborder Brachyura, having the eyes on short stalks and a short, broad, more or less flattened body, the abdomen being small and folded under the thorax.
any of various other crustaceans, as the hermit crab, or other animals, as the horseshoe crab, resembling the true crabs.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the zodiacal constellation or sign Cancer.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Crab Nebula.
any of various mechanical contrivances for hoisting or pulling.
Aeronautics. the maneuver of crabbing.
Informal. the crab louse.
See under (def 1).
verb (used without object), crabbed, crabbing.
to catch or attempt to catch crabs.
to move sideways, diagonally, or obliquely, especially with short, abrupt bursts of speed; scuttle.
Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) to head partly into the wind to compensate for drift.
Nautical. to drift or advance with some movement sideways, especially when under tow.
verb (used with object), crabbed, crabbing.
to move (a vehicle or object) sideways, diagonally, or obliquely, especially with short, abrupt movements.
Aeronautics. to head (an aircraft) partly into the wind to compensate for drift.
catch a crab, to make a faulty stroke in rowing, so that the oar strikes the water forcibly on the backstroke.
any chiefly marine decapod crustacean of the genus Cancer and related genera (section Brachyura), having a broad flattened carapace covering the cephalothorax, beneath which is folded the abdomen. The first pair of limbs are modified as pincers See also fiddler crab, soft-shell crab, pea crab, oyster crab related adjective cancroid
any of various similar or related arthropods, such as the hermit crab and horseshoe crab
short for crab louse
a manoeuvre in which an aircraft flies slightly into the crosswind to compensate for drift
a mechanical lifting device, esp the travelling hoist of a gantry crane
(wrestling) See Boston crab
(rowing) catch a crab, to make a stroke in which the oar either misses the water or digs too deeply, causing the rower to fall backwards
verb crabs, crabbing, crabbed
(intransitive) to hunt or catch crabs
(transitive) to fly (an aircraft) slightly into a crosswind to compensate for drift
(intransitive) (nautical) to move forwards with a slight sideways motion, as to overcome an offsetting current
(intransitive) to move sideways
verb crabs, crabbing, crabbed
(intransitive) to find fault; grumble
(transitive) (mainly US) to spoil (esp in the phrase crab someone’s act)
an irritable person
(Austral) draw the crabs, to attract unwelcome attention
short for crab apple
the Crab, the constellation Cancer, the fourth sign of the zodiac
crustacean, Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (cf. Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German Krabbe, Old Norse krabbi “crab”), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen “to scratch, claw,” from PIE root *gerbh- “to scratch, carve” (see carve). The constellation name is attested in English from c.1000; the Crab Nebula (1868), however, is in Taurus, and is so called for its shape. French crabe (13c.) is from Dutch.
“fruit of the wild apple tree,” c.1300, crabbe, perhaps from Scandinavian scrab, of obscure origin (cf. Swedish krabbäpple). The combination of “bad-tempered, combative” and “sour” in the two nouns crab naturally yielded a verb meaning of “to vex, irritate” (c.1400), later “to complain irritably, find fault” (c.1500). The noun meaning “sour person” is from 1570s.
noun 1. See under (def 1). [noun lous; verb lous, louz] /noun laʊs; verb laʊs, laʊz/ noun, plural lice [lahys] /laɪs/ (Show IPA), for 1–3, louses for 4. 1. any small, wingless insect of the order Anoplura (sucking louse) parasitic on humans and other mammals and having mouthparts adapted for sucking, as Pediculus humanus (body […]
[krab-meet] /ˈkræbˌmit/ noun 1. the parts of a used for food.
noun, Astronomy. 1. the remnant of a supernova explosion, observed in 1054 a.d., in the constellation Taurus. noun 1. the expanding remnant of the supernova observed in 1054 ad, lying in the constellation Taurus at an approximate distance of 6500 light years
[krab-pluhv-er, -ploh-ver] /ˈkræbˌplʌv ər, -ˌploʊ vər/ noun 1. a black and white wading bird, Dromas ardeola, of the northern and western shores of the Indian Ocean.