cripple

Definitions

  • Imani attends to the crippled fakir
    Imani attends to the crippled fakir
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cripple deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg "The accident has crippled her for life"
    • v cripple deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless "This measure crippled our efforts","Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work"
    • n cripple someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or disability to the legs or back
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Commodos collected all the dwarfs, cripples, and freaks he could find in the city of Rome and had them brought to the Coliseum, where they were ordered to fight each other to the death with meat cleavers.
    • a Cripple krĭp"p'l Lame; halting. "The cripple , tardy-gaited night."
    • n Cripple krĭp"p'l One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled. "I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my mind, the reader must determine."
    • Cripple To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled . "More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the energy of the settlement in the Bay.""An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the body politic."
    • Cripple To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame. "He had crippled the joints of the noble child."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cripple One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who is partially or wholly deprived of the use of one or more of his limbs; a lame person: also applied to animals.
    • n cripple A dense thicket in swampy or low land; a patch of low timber-growth.
    • n cripple A rocky shallow in a stream: so called by lumbermen.
    • cripple Lame; decrepit.
    • cripple To walk haltingly, like a cripple.
    • cripple To make (one) a cripple; partly disable by injuring a limb or limbs; deprive of the free use of a limb or limbs, especially of a leg or foot; lame.
    • cripple To disable in part; impair the power or efficiency of; weaken by impairment: as, the fleet was crippled in the engagement; to cripple one's resources by bad debts.
    • cripple Synonyms Maim, Disfigure. etc. See mutilate.
    • n cripple A kind of temporary staging used by window-cleaners.
    • n cripple In railroading, a freight-car or other car which has been injured or damaged in its running gear or is for any other reason unfit for use. A ear condemned by a car-inspector as a cripple must be cut out of its train and sent to the cripple-track. See drill-yard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cripple krip′l a lame person
    • adj Cripple lame
    • v.t Cripple to make lame: to lame: disable, impair the efficiency of
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Quotations

  • Russell Lynes
    Russell Lynes
    “Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp.”
  • Adrienne Rich
    Adrienne%20Rich
    “We who were loved will never unlive that crippling fever.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cripel, crepel, crupel, AS. crypel,akin to D. kreuple, G. krüppel, Dan. kröbling, Icel. kryppill,), prop., one that can not walk, but must creep, fr. AS. creópan, to creep. See Creep

Usage

In literature:

I got my leg caught in a wagon wheel and so sprained I been cripple ever since.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
After you followed me to Cripple Creek and back I knew about what to expect.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
Perhaps," she added on her own, "it is because he is crippled.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
All the traction lines still are crippled and unable to run their cars in or out of the city.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Upon this iron front the Germans spent themselves in fruitless attacks, incurring crippling losses.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Even the cripples seemed to mend under the promise of reaching the foot of the mountain that afternoon.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
For who among these busy crowds would be likely to know anything of an invalid old lady and her cripple grandson?
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The night was closing in, the sea rolling high; but I hailed the crippled steamer and asked if they needed help.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Moreover, the examination of the crippled child's brothers and sisters will often show the beginnings of pulmonary tuberculosis.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
The weather was fine, and, considering her crippled state, the brig made fair way.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Phillip Evans, his wife, Janie, and their crippled son live together in a two-room frame house with one fireplace.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Looking downward while he swung, the cripple seemed in a brown study.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
Crippled and all, thee's proved thyself worth a score of straight lads, and to thy fayther thee's worth all the lads in the world.
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
No, Young Senor, it hurts us, hinders us, cripples us.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
This was familiar territory to Ross, for one of his best chums, a little crippled lad, lived in a house in the hollow.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
He sent home four million German cripples.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Perhaps she was just surprised, perhaps my being crippled changed her.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Peace crippled perhaps for life, perhaps never to walk without crutches again!
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Many a fine fellow slept his last sleep on earth that night, and many a strong man before the next sunset was to be a helpless cripple.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The cripple was soon brought to the door, and, without ceremony, pushed down the incline.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
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In poetry:

CLARIN. I can't give them,
As I want them for myself.
For a prince to be a cripple
Would be rather a defect.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I was an instant cripple
from my finger to my shoulder.
The laundress wept and swooned.
My mother had to hold her.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
The surgeons shook their heads.
They really didn't know—
Would the cripple inside of me
be a cripple that would show?
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
I know I was a cripple.
Of course, I'd known it from the start.
My father took the crowbar
and broke the wringer's heart.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
"But here am I, a cripple weak;
Great Heaven! and must they fall
Because I, wretched I alone,
Know what will sure befall!"
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
“Some trees are slim and lovable
And some are sleek and strong,
But the tree that has the cripple's heart
Will know the cripple's song.
"The Loving Tree" by John Shaw Neilson

In news:

The eight-day strike crippled the nation's busiest ports.
You need 'Hot Cripple .
New language, same findings: Tax hikes on the rich won't cripple the economy.
Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company.
Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operates a modern, surface mining operation in Teller County, south west of Pikes Peak.
College debt could cripple economy.
How the fiscal cliff could cripple science research enterprise.
The intercontinental power transmission grid could potentially be crippled by intense sun activity.
An abandoned mine shaft gave way to a huge sinkhole in Cripple Creek, causing delays and detours for drivers using Highway 67.
How the 'Good Jobs Deficit' Could Cripple Your Business.
Attack on power grid could cripple U.S. Use Advanced Search to filter by date and category.
Lots of people turn out to see the ice sculptures at the Cripple Creek Ice Festival.
LOS ANGELES—A national effort to cripple organized labor has crossed into California as voters Tuesday considered a ban on the way unions have traditionally raised money for political causes.
Missed opportunities cripple Tech offense in loss to K-State.
Automatic Federal Cuts Would Cripple Oklahoma Agencies.
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In science:

Early HST observations of compact star clusters in 30 Doradus and NGC 1275 played pivotal roles in demonstrating that HST, even in its crippled state, could produce stunning results that were impossible to obtain from the ground.
The Formation of Star Clusters
If such a mechanism is initiated by the receiver such as [28, 5, 6], rate-limiting would be crippled by the TCP receiver attack.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
This is one of those problems that sounds so simple but if we do not get it right than we will cripple the usability of our web application.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
General acceptance of SE has had the effect of crippling this third, methodological use of science.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
PWD really cripples both the PWDs and the caretakers. Let us now study the on state of the node R4 in the range space; i.e., social stigma for having a PWD born their family. Let X = (0 0 0 1 0 0) be given state vector. To study the effect of X on the dynamical system P.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Such a condensation of saddles might completely cripple the surface, and the whole surface description might be irrelevant in this situation.
A String Project in Multicolour QCD
In reality accelerators require a long time to construct, and they require such specialized resources and human talent that delay can cripple what would be promising opportunities.
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
Under the three-TO/three-RA staffing plan, normal attrition left the HET partially crippled.
Ten Year Review of Queue Scheduling of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Compared to electrons in a circular machine of given radius, muons of the same energy lose far less energy to synchrotron radiation, by a factor (me/mµ)4 ≈ 5.5 × 10−10 . A crippling problem for electron machines—and the reason we turn to linear colliders—is of negligible importance for a muon machine.
Physics with a Millimole of Muons
The decay losses in the RLAs, while not crippling, are noticeable.
Physics with a Millimole of Muons
In the process we have confirmed that, as explained by Surkov et al. , the reduced dimensionality of the evaporation process was the crippling factor in previous efforts to reach this goal in our lab and in Amsterdam .
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
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