crotch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crotch external sex organ
    • n crotch the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
    • n crotch the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches "they took the south fork","he climbed into the crotch of a tree"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crotch (Naut) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also crane and crutch.
    • Crotch (Billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table. See Crotched, below.
    • Crotch The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a tree.
    • Crotch (Logging) To notch (a log) on opposite sides to provide a grip for the dogs in hauling.
    • Crotch To provide with a crotch; to give the form of a crotch to; as, to crotch the ends of ropes in splicing or tying knots.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crotch A fork or forking; a point or line of divergence or parting, as of two legs or branches: as, the crotch of a tree (the point of separation of the main stem into two parts); a piece of timber with a crotch.
    • n crotch A shepherd's crook.
    • n crotch Nautical, same as crutch, 3 .
    • n crotch In billiards, a space, generally 4½ inches square, at a corner of the table.
    • crotch In logging, to cut notches on opposite sides of (a log) near the end, into which dogs are fastened.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crotch kroch a fork, as of a tree: the bifurcation of the human body
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Crotchet Crutch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. obscure.

Usage

In literature:

To the gunwales amidships two of the men fastened a couple of small crotched posts.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
The foot was caught in the crotch of a dwarfed tree, and was wedged in tightly, too.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
Two crotched stakes were driven firmly in the ground.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
But he reached the first crotch finally and after resting a spell, found the remainder of the climb easy enough.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
Mr. Crotch has thrown new light on some of the habits of the lemming.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
He reacts to twigs, to the crotch in the tree, to the half-built nest.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Wait till I stick my torch in this crotch of the tree.
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter
Then he fixed a crotched stick over his fire and hung the birch kettle upon it.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
The nest, like that of our other Vireos, is a deep cup hung from between a crotch from 5 to about 40 feet above the ground.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
He reached the crotch where Ellen rested, and disposed Apeman nearby, his own gross body between them.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
Dawson was grinning down on me with a stone jug supported in the crotch of his right elbow and a tin cup in his left hand.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Outside of my window two robins are building a nest in the crotch of a blossoming red maple tree.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
By means of a pole with a crotch I descended, and found the chamber of an oblong form.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
I saw the whole fore-quarters of a horse blown high into a tree and caught there in a crotch.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells
To my delight the wood pewee flew up in the tree, sat down on a horizontal crotch, and went through the motions of moulding.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
William Crotch, whose name has attained a wider celebrity, was also a native of the city, the son of a carpenter.
"Rambles in an Old City comprising antiquarian, historical, biographical and political associations" by S. S. Madders
The bachelor red squirrel from his tree-crotch looked down at him askance.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
Now set two crotches about four feet high and place a pole in these crotches.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
When brooks unite and form a "Y" there is often a little sand pit left in the crotch of the "Y.
"Mink Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
First, cut a pole (z) five or six inches through and twelve feet long, lay it in the crotch of a tree five feet from the ground.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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In poetry:

And here all hope soured on me,
Of my fellow-critter's aid,--
I jest flopped down on my marrow-bones,
Crotch-deep in the snow, and prayed.
"Little Breeches" by John Hay
How instructive this is!
The dumb, banded bodies
Walking the plank draped with Mother France's upholstery
Into a new mausoleum,
An ivory palace, a crotch pine.
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The pants-style item has a from belly section, a rear back section and a crotch section.
Patented is an anti- irritant disposable diaper comprising a diaper element with an interior, a front and rear portion, a crotch area and a closing means.
A rigid element extends from the diaper's top front edge along the crotch area to the diaper's top rear edge.
Most years, when I try and trade our timeshare for some exotic locale, the only thing available is the first week in August in Pig's Crotch, Arkansas.
Purchased child's denim overalls with snap crotch.
Once I got on the hike out to the shoulder, I opened the two long crotch zips, unzipped the boot gaiters, and hiked with comfort and ease.
Patented is a sanitary panty with a waistband in a waist part, leg bands in leg openings and a napkin-fitting portion in a crotch part.
The movie is a surprisingly touching, low-key ballad of middle-aged male regret disguised as a kiddie comedy replete with poop and fart jokes and soccer balls launched at Popper 's crotch.
Justin Bieber Hits the Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran in the Crotch.
Snappy Crotch Kicks – El Paso's Best Local Folk Rock Profile.
Blazer Nicolas Batum Crotch-Punches Spaniard at Olympics.
It also has a crotch area and lower edges.
Often the pest is confused with the Eastern tent caterpillar, which makes webs early in the year in the crotches of the trees.
Anthony Weiner has lawyered up as he fights to calm the political storm stirred by a lewd crotch shot sent from his Twitter account, which he says was the work of a hacker.
Anthony Weiner has lawyered up as he fights to calm the political storm stirred by a lewd crotch shot sent from his Twitter account, which he says was the work of a hacker.
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