a portable frame or tool with a movable part that can be screwed up to hold things together; clamp.
anything that confines or restrains.
a cramped state or part.
verb (used with object)
to fasten or hold with a cramp.
to confine narrowly; restrict; restrain; hamper.
to turn (the front wheels of a motor vehicle) by means of the steering gear; steer.
cramp one’s style, Informal. to prevent one from showing one’s best abilities.
a painful involuntary contraction of a muscle, typically caused by overexertion, heat, or chill
temporary partial paralysis of a muscle group: writer’s cramp
(usually pl in the US and Canada) severe abdominal pain
(transitive) to affect with or as if with a cramp
Also called cramp iron. a strip of metal with its ends bent at right angles, used to bind masonry
a device for holding pieces of wood while they are glued; clamp
something that confines or restricts
a confined state or position
to secure or hold with a cramp
to confine, hamper, or restrict
(informal) cramp someone’s style, to prevent a person from using his abilities or acting freely and confidently
“muscle contraction,” late 14c., from Old French crampe, from a Frankish or other Germanic word (cf. Old High German krapmhe “cramp, spasm,” related to kramph “bent, crooked”), from a Proto-Germanic root forming many words for “bent, crooked,” including, via French, crampon. Writer’s cramp is first attested 1842 as the name of a physical affliction of the hand, in reference to translations of German medical papers (Stromeyer); also known as scrivener’s palsy.
“metal bar bent at both ends,” early 15c., from Middle Dutch crampe or Middle Low German krampe, both from the same Proto-Germanic root that yielded cramp (n.1). Metaphoric sense of “something that confines or hinders” first recorded 1719.
“to contract” (of muscles), early 15c., from cramp (n.1). Related: Cramped; cramping.
c.1400, “to bend or twist,” from cramp (n.2). Later “compress forcibly” (1550s), and, figuratively, “to restrict” (1620s). Related: Cramped; cramping.
v. cramped, cramp·ing, cramps
To affect with or experience a cramp or cramps.
- Crampton test
Crampton test Cramp·ton test (krāmp’tən) n. A test for physical condition and resistance in which one’s pulse and blood pressure are recorded both in the recumbent and in the standing position, and the difference is graded from theoretical perfection (100) downward. High values indicate a good physical resistance, but low ones may indicate general weakness […]
[kram] /kræm/ verb (used with object), crammed, cramming. 1. to fill (something) by force with more than it can easily hold. 2. to force or stuff (usually followed by into, down, etc.). 3. to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed. 4. Informal. 5. Archaic. to tell lies to. verb (used […]
noun 1. a private institution, especially in East Asia, that uses an accelerated curriculum to prepare students for university entrance exams.
/kræn/ noun 1. a unit of capacity used for measuring fresh herring, equal to 37.5 gallons