• WordNet 3.6
    • v crimp curl tightly "crimp hair"
    • v crimp make ridges into by pinching together
    • n crimp a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
    • n crimp someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
    • n crimp an angular or rounded shape made by folding "a fold in the napkin","a crease in his trousers","a plication on her blouse","a flexure of the colon","a bend of his elbow"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crimp A coal broker.
    • Crimp A game at cards.
    • Crimp A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
    • Crimp Easily crumbled; friable; brittle. "Now the fowler . . . treads the crimp earth.""The crumbly soil."
    • Crimp Hair which has been crimped; -- usually in pl.
    • Crimp (Firearms) In cartridge making, to fold the edge of (a cartridge case) inward so as to close the mouth partly and confine the charge.
    • Crimp One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service.
    • Crimp (Cookery) To cause to contract, or to render more crisp, as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it, when living, with a knife; as, to crimp skate, etc.
    • Crimp to entrap into the military or naval service; as, to crimp seamen. "Coaxing and courting with intent to crimp him."
    • Crimp To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to give a wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a cap; to crimp a ruffle. Cf. Crisp. "The comely hostess in a crimped cap."
    • Crimp To pinch and hold; to seize.
    • Crimp Weak; inconsistent; contradictory. "The evidence is crimp ; the witnesses swear backward and forward, and contradict themselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crimp To bend back or inward; draw together; contract or cause to contract or shrink; corrugate. Specifically
    • crimp To bend (the uppers of boots) into shape.
    • crimp To indent (a cartridge-case), or turn the end inward and back upon the head, in order to confine the charge; crease.
    • crimp To cause to contract and pucker so as to become wrinkled, wavy, or crisped, as the hair; form into short curls or ruffles; flute; ruffle.
    • crimp In cookery, to crimple or cause to contract or wrinkle, as the flesh of a live fish or of one just killed, by gashing it with a knife, to give it greater firmness and make it more crisp when cooked.
    • crimp To pinch and hold; seize.
    • crimp To kidnap; decoy for the purpose of shipping or enlisting, as into the army or navy. See the extract.
    • crimp To be very stingy.
    • n crimp That which has been crimped or curled; a curl or a waved lock of hair: generally used in the plural.
    • n crimp A crimper.
    • n crimp One who brings persons into a place or condition of restraint, in order to subject them to swindling, forced labor, or the like; especially, one who, for a commission, supplies recruits for the army or sailors for ships by nefarious means or false inducements; a decoy; a kidnapper. Such practices have been suppressed in the army and navy, and made highly penal in connection with merchant ships.
    • n crimp A certain game at cards.
    • crimp Easily crumbled; friable; brittle; crisp.
    • crimp Not consistent; contradictory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crimp krimp made crisp or brittle
    • v.t Crimp to wrinkle: to plait: to make crisp: to seize or decoy sailors or soldiers
    • n Crimp one who presses or decoys
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. krimpen, to shrink, shrivel, Sw. krympa, Dan. krympe, and to E. cramp,. See Cramp


In literature:

That little episode, as Jennings remarked dryly, put quite a crimp in the opium traffic in Jolo.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
I'll put a crimp in them two for this.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Its failure had put a crimp in the edge of the exchequer.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
That'll put a crimp in his record, and in the Cardinals', too, for he's been doing good work for them.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
No head that towered above the crowd in the bazaars of Aleppo, of Cairo, or of Surat, could escape the crimps of Frederic William.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Her soft old face, under the thin, crimped gray hair, was full of distress.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
Plimsoll's roll had never yet been very badly crimped.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Young skate eats very fine crimped and fried.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
This should be made of sliced cod, that has either been crimped, or sprinkled with salt for a day, to make it firm.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Crimped frills are worn by young children, and look extremely neat.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous

In poetry:

But each day brings less summer cheer,
Crimps more our ineffectual spring,
And something earlier every year
Our singing birds take wing.
"To----" by James Russell Lowell
She trembled her lip, an' she dropped a salt tear
On paint an' on powder;
An' the crimps they came round wi' the foam on the beer,
An' the laughter grew louder.
"Sailor's Mourner" by Bill Adams
And crimp their wrinkles in a grin,
Jangling their great money bags.
While I eat grits
She fattens on the finest grain.
Now, as I hone my knife, she begs
Pardon, and that's
"Rhyme" by Sylvia Plath
And so lugubrious folds of crape
Are crimped and twisted into shape
With graceful heads of yellow,
That give a winsome toning down
To sombre hat and sable gown--
In autumn tintings mellow.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard
But 'e'll sing an' smoke an' crack 'is joke an' use 'is fists as well;
An' the crimps along the water-front they 'ate 'im worse'n 'ell,
For the 'ottest shop in 'Frisco ain't too 'ot for Padre Fell.
"Padre" by Cicely Fox Smith
She's a sturdy little walker and she braves all kinds of weather,
And when the rain or fog or mist drive rival crimps a-wreck,
Her fluffy hair goes curling like a kinked-up ostrich feather
Around her ears and forehead and the white nape of her neck.
"The Summer Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

STX jigs are made with Hookup 's standard head and a synthetic, crimped-nylon skirt.
Plain and baited lead-head jigs tempt a wide variety of species, which is why Hookup Lures has launched its new Syntail-X (STX) series STX jigs are made with Hookup 's standard head and a synthetic, crimped-nylon skirt.
Color- Keyed HEX-FLEX Crimping Dies provide a high-strength crimp designed specifically for flexible cables.
Mid-November Warm in US Northeast May Crimp Fuel Demand.
Record fuel prices at the pumps don't have to crimp your travel style.
This patent is for a polyester fiber tow made up of crimped polyester fiber s that have substantially uniform primary crimps and substantially uniform secondary crimps.
Which removes moisture, refrigerant lines with one end already crimped on.
Harwin has added an extra-small bore crimp contact to its Datamate family of high reliability 2mm pitch connectors, designed for use in challenging applications.
This patent is for a polyester fiber tow made up of crimped polyester fibers that have substantially uniform primary crimps and substantially uniform secondary crimps.
Vocational training options continue to expand since the STCW 1995 rules put a crimp in the hawsepipe.
A case about pricing timepieces could crimp library lending.
The trade organization warned that the storm could crimp the supply of clean used cars, potentially driving up prices.
Cut a 10-inch piece of stainless 19-strand beading wire and secure to top of "clanker" with a crimp bead .
Debt Burden Adds to Won Gains in Crimping Korea Rebound.
The government would find implementing such tax increases difficult next year because they would crimp consumer spending further.

In science:

The two operations are called crimps and end folds, and are shown in Figure 8.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Crimping such a pair corresponds to folding ci and then folding ci+1 , using one-layer simple folds.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Instead, we must prove that flat foldability is preserved by each of the two local operations; in other words, if we treat the folded ob ject from a single crimp as a new segment, it is flat-foldable.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Figure 10: A mingling mountain-valley pattern that when crimped is no longer mingling and hence not flat-foldable.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Lemma 3.4 Crimping a crimpable pair preserves flat foldability.
When Can You Fold a Map?