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.
(curling) a spiked metal plate used as a brace for the feet in throwing the stone
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.
[kramp-fish] /ˈkræmpˌfɪʃ/ noun, plural crampfishes (especially collectively) crampfish. 1. .
[kramp] /kræmp/ noun 1. Often, cramps. 2. . verb (used with object) 3. to affect with or as if with a cramp. [kramp] /kræmp/ noun 1. . 2. a portable frame or tool with a movable part that can be screwed up to hold things together; clamp. 3. anything that confines or restrains. 4. a […]
noun 1. a piece of iron with bent ends for holding together building stones or the like.
[kram-pon] /ˈkræm pɒn/ noun 1. a spiked iron plate worn on boots or shoes for aid in climbing or to prevent slipping on ice, snow, etc. 2. a device for grasping and lifting heavy loads, usually consisting of a pair of hooks suspended from a chain or cable, the upward pull on which provides tension […]