cramp

cramp
cramp1 [kramp]
n.
[ME crampe < OFr, bent, twisted < Frank * kramp; akin to MDu & MLowG krampe: for IE base see CRADLE]
1. a sudden, painful, involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles from chill, strain, etc.
2. partial local paralysis, as from excessive use of muscles
3. [usually pl.] abdominal or uterine spasms and pain
vt.
to cause a cramp or cramps in: often in the passive
cramp2 [kramp]
n.
[MDu krampe, lit., bent in, hence anything bent in; akin to CRAMP1]
1. a metal bar bent to form a right angle at each end, for holding together blocks of stone, timbers, etc.: also called cramp iron
2. a device for clasping or fastening things together; a clamp
3. anything that confines or hampers
4. a cramped condition or part
vt.
1. to fasten with or as with a cramp
2. to confine; hamper; restrain
3. to turn (the front wheels of an automobile, etc.) sharply
adj.
CRAMPED
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cramp someone's style
Slang to hamper someone's usual skill or confidence in doing something

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cramp — Cramp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cramped} (kr[a^]mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cramping}.] 1. To compress; to restrain from free action; to confine and contract; to hinder. [1913 Webster] The mind my be as much cramped by too much knowledge as by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cramp — cramp; cramp·er; cramp·ette; cramp·ing·ly; cramp·it; cramp·et; …   English syllables

  • cramp — ► NOUN 1) painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles. 2) a tool for clamping two objects together. 3) (also cramp iron) a metal bar with bent ends for holding masonry together. ► VERB 1) restrict or inhibit the development of. 2)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Cramp — Cramp, a. [See {Cramp}, n.] Knotty; difficult. [R.] [1913 Webster] Care being taken not to add any of the cramp reasons for this opinion. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cramp — [n] muscle spasm ache, charley horse*, circumscription, confinement, constipation, contraction, convulsion, crick, hindrance, impediment, kink, obstruction, pain, pang, restriction, shooting pain, stiffness, stitch, stricture, twinge; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • cramp — index block, constrict (compress), deter, disadvantage, encumber (hinder), hamper, hinder …   Law dictionary

  • Cramp & Co. — Not to be confused with William Cramp Sons. Cramp Co. was a building company in Philadelphia. Many of its works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It worked sometimes in conjunction with architect Henry deCourcy Richards …   Wikipedia

  • cramp — cramp1 /kramp/, n. 1. Often, cramps. a. a sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, esp. of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain. b. a piercing pain in the abdomen. c. an intermittent, painful contraction… …   Universalium

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